Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck procedure include those that have loose or lax skin resulting from pregnancies or significant weight loss. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is an effective way to remove excess skin and help individuals regain the natural shape of their bodies.
Dr. Shuster performs tummy tucks in the Florida area. Centrally located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Dr. Shuster's office is easily accessible. Call 954.961.5500 or contact the office to arrange a consultation.
The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty as it is known in medical terms, is a basic cosmetic surgery that involves removing excess skin from the abdomen area. As mentioned, a tummy tuck is often a solution for women who, usually after multiple pregnancies, find the skin on their abdomen has lost the natural elasticity to return to its non-pregnant state. Additionally, people who have undergone very significant weight loss will often find that years of obesity have stretched the skin beyond its ability to respond to the weight loss.
For some people, this problem skin may hang and form a flap, which is known as a pannis or an apron. In some cases, the size of the pannis itself can go beyond being a cosmetic issue and become a basic health issue, affecting one's ability to complete basic daily activities or maintain a necessary degree of hygiene.
Another instance where a tummy tuck would extend beyond cosmetic purposes is for people with abnormally weak abdominal muscles. This condition can often lead to other problems such as back pain as other muscles are strained while trying to compensate for weakness in the abdominal muscles. In this situation, a tummy tuck may be considered reconstructive rather than cosmetic and, as such, have different insurance-related implications.
While it may seem like an obvious point, it should also be mentioned that individuals who are planning to lose a significant amount of weight or women who wish to become pregnant again would not be considered ideal candidates for a tummy tuck, as such actions may minimize, or even negate, the effects of the procedure.
It is worth mentioning the sometimes necessary relationship between a tummy tuck and liposuction, as a tummy tuck is generally the result of weight loss and liposuction, via its removal of body fat, naturally produces some degree of weight loss.
For some patients whose pannis may still be holding deposits of hard-to-lose body fat, liposuction may be a pre-cursor to a tummy tuck. In some cases, both procedures may be performed at the same time, depending on the overall health of the patient. Also, for some patients who may be morbidly obese and have had liposuction to help remove excessive amounts of body fat (i.e., 50 pounds or more), a tummy tuck may also be required to address the issue of excess skin that will likely be present.
Dr. Shuster has experience performing different types of abdominoplasties and can use the most appropriate techniques relative to his patients' needs all across Florida. Tummy tuck consultations allow for the determination of the most ideal technique, and for patients in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas, our South Florida plastic surgery office is conveniently located for opportune travel.
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Some people may be looking at getting a tummy tuck to help aid in their weight loss. This procedure, however, is not a substitution for a healthy diet and good exercise habits. Conversely, many people become candidates for a tummy tuck only after they have already established a sound weight management plan and, as a result of that plan, desire the removal of excess skin to reflect the efforts of their lifestyle change.
For some people, a tummy tuck is not an ideal solution and there may be other, more appropriate cosmetic procedures that can better help you realize your body image goals. As a board-certified and well-credentialed plastic surgeon, Dr. Shuster is prepared to discuss your goals and different options that would be best suited to your particular needs.
You can discuss with Dr. Shuster, directly from his office in Hollywood, Florida, tummy tuck procedures and your interests and concerns. Please contact us today by email, or by phone at 954.961.5500. You can also request a virtual consultation with Dr. Shuster.