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Tummy Tucks Part 1: What You Need to Know

Tummy Tucks from Start to Finish
Part 1: What You Need to Know About Tummy Tucks

A tummy tuck – medically called abdominoplasty – is a common and safe surgery performed by a board certified plastic surgeon to flatten, tighten and tone the abdominal area.

Board certified Macomb County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has given hundreds of women and men the flat firm abs they desire with tummy tuck surgery. In this 4 part series Dr. Ali explains tummy tuck surgery from start to finish – and breaks down everything you’ve ever wanted to know about a tummy tuck, including whether a noninvasive body sculpting can give you the same results.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A “tummy tuck” tightens and reshapes the abdominal muscles and removes excess skin, giving your abdominal area a more pleasing, slimmer overall appearance. As a bonus, a tummy tuck can also take care of excess fat. However, the primary focus for the procedure focuses on the skin and the muscle.

During a tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles are tightened, and excess sagging skin is removed. This leaves you with a flatter and better toned midsection, and corrects a protruding belly.

The skin is rather like elastic. Once it becomes too loose, it doesn’t spring back like it used to, leaving you with loose, sagging skin. No matter how much you exercise, and no matter how much weight you lose, that loose skin will not become taut again.

And then there’s the muscles. Normally, there is a little separation of perhaps a half inch or so between both sides of your “six pack” (technically known as the rectus muscle). As you age, due to certain lifestyle factors (pregnancy, lack of exercise, or weight gain/loss), the separation grows larger, and it loses its ability to “hold you in.” Unfortunately, once these muscles have spread apart, surgery is the only way to tighten them. A tummy tuck acts like an internal corset, and brings the muscle edges together, allowing them to pull your belly in.

Candidates for a Tummy Tuck

The decision to have any cosmetic procedure is very personal, and there are many reasons people decide to have tummy tucks. Some have had success losing weight with diet and exercise, but their abdomens still lack tone and protrude. Others wish to get rid of the excess skin that hangs around their belly after weight loss. Many women experience stretched out abdominal muscles and skin following pregnancy. And some people have bellies that “stick out” even though they are otherwise in good shape. A tummy tuck can help in any of these situations, resulting in a firmer, flatter abdomen.

Not everyone is an ideal tummy tuck candidate, however. The best candidates are in good health, at or near their ideal body weight, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations about what the tummy tuck can, and can’t do.

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Troy, MI area Tummy Tuck Surgeon

Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men get the body they love with tummy tuck surgery.  In fact, many men and women get the best abs of their life after a tummy tuck – with firm, tight skin and muscles!

When you schedule a consultation with Troy, MI area surgeon Dr. Ali, he will answer all of your questions – and help you decide if a Tummy Tuck is the right solution for your appearance goals.

Troy, MI area Tummy Tuck Consultation: 248-335-7200