Loose skin on your stomach area can feel incredibly frustrating, especially when dieting and exercise only seem to make things worse. Though it is far from unusual, it can still be a blow to your self-confidence.
Sagging skin can develop due to a number of reasons, but the treatment is often the same. At Turkle & Associates, our plastic surgeons can perform an abdominoplasty surgery to tighten skin on your stomach and contour your tummy.
What Causes Loose Skin on the Stomach?
Sometimes, the reason for loose skin is simply the combination of aging and gravity. As we get older, our bodies stop producing enough new collagen to keep our skin firm and tight. As a result, the skin on the stomach (and elsewhere on the body) may begin to sag.
But another common cause of loose skin on the stomach is pregnancy and childbirth. As can happen with significant weight loss, your skin doesn’t always snap back to the natural contours of your body.
As defeating as this can feel, it’s important to remember that 1. It is entirely normal, and 2. It can be treated surgically.
What Is the Surgery to Tighten Skin on Your Stomach?
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a surgery to tighten skin on the stomach, but it can also be used to remove excess fat and tighten abdominal muscles.
While some of our patients at Turkle & Associates get a tummy tuck as part of their mommy makeover, it’s important to note that abdominoplasties are common for both men and women.
What Makes a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
The best candidates for an abdominoplasty are healthy, in relatively good shape, over the age of 18, and within 20 pounds of their ideal weight. A common misconception about tummy tucks is that they’re a surgical option for weight loss.
The truth is that tummy tucks are most effective when used to tighten loose skin and to get rid of small deposits of exercise and diet-resistant adipose fat. Tummy tucks cannot eliminate visceral fat.
A surgeon’s ability to use the procedure to tighten loose skin on the stomach and treat diastasis recti (a separation of the abdominal muscles due to pregnancy and childbirth) makes it a great fit for mothers looking to restore aspects of their pre-pregnancy body.
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Turkle & Associates is a premier provider of abdominoplasty (an effective surgery to tighten skin on stomach, remove fat, and strengthen muscles). Dr. Turkle is a top plastic surgeon in Indianapolis and is dual board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
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