Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for, but despite exercise and diet, these methods sometimes cannot achieve our goals.

Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include pregnancy, significant weight gain or loss, prior surgeries, aging and heredity.

To perform a tummy tuck, an incision is made from hip to hip along the bikini line placed low enough to be hidden by most typical low-rise jeans or bikinis and the excess skin is removed. The length of tummy tuck scars is determined by the extent of skin that needs to be removed. For example mini tummy tuck scars are much shorter than standard tummy tuck scars but has limitations. Often a breast lift and tummy tuck are performed together, commonly referred to as a “Mommy Makeover”.

A tummy tuck is major surgery, so if you’re considering it, you should know the facts and have a complete and thorough consultation with Dr. Sal to make an informed decision.