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Thinking About Tightening Your Tummy?


A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgical procedure designed to improve the contour of the abdomen.

Suitable candidates for this procedure are healthy individuals in relatively good shape who are displeased with resistant fat deposits, loose, sagging skin and poor muscle tone in their upper and especially lower abdomen. The typical person considering this surgery is a woman whose abdominal skin and muscles have been overstretched by pregnancy (or other factors) and who wishes to look better in everyday clothing. A tummy tuck for these types of patients can lead to a very gratifying result.

In essence, abdominoplasty surgery entails removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen while tightening the underlying abdominal musculature. As an added feature, this procedure may remove stretch marks or previous scars of the lower abdomen (associated with a C-section, appendectomy, hysterectomy or other surgery) if these scars are located in the skin that’s targeted for removal.

Considerable benefits can be derived from abdominoplasty surgery, including a decrease in the fullness of the abdomen and a significant tapering of the waist. Abdominoplasty can be combined with liposuction in selected individuals to provide additional contouring of the hips and waistline if appropriate.

The tummy tuck procedure has a very high satisfaction rate. For many people, body contour surgery such as a tummy tuck can enhance their body image and sense of self-confidence. People now see in the mirror what they have always wanted to see in their “mind’s eye.” In this way it can help contribute to an improved quality of life.

The West Georgia Center for Plastic Surgery, a Tanner Medical Group practice, is located in Carrollton, Ga. For more information or to schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck, call 770.834.6302 or visit www.WestGeorgiaPlasticSurgery.org. The center also specializes in a wide range of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures, as well as skin care health and aesthetic laser procedures,including laser skin resurfacing.

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