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Even if you eat right and exercise regularly, it can be challenging to shed abdominal fat, particularly as you age. Whether your “belly pooch” is the result of weight gain or loss, pregnancy, or the natural aging process, abdominoplasty can be an effective way to achieve a smoother, more contoured abdomen.

Napa Solano Plastic Surgery uses leading-edge plastic surgery techniques to perform abdominoplasty surgery that slims and tightens the midsection to reestablish your waistline. Our professional staff is known for its compassionate patient care and can help you achieve your desired aesthetic results.

What Is an Abdominoplasty?

Also known as “tummy tucks,” abdominoplasties are surgical procedures that tighten stomach muscles and help eliminate excess skin and abdominal creases. It’s a popular choice for people who want a more toned stomach and flattering body appearance.

There are various cosmetic and medical reasons people get tummy tucks, including to:

  • Tighten abdominal muscles
  • Remove excess skin
  • Remove fat
  • Repair a ventral hernia
  • Remove scars
  • Improve stress-related urinary incontinence
  • Decrease back pain and improve posture

Patients who get a tummy tuck for purely cosmetic reasons report that it helps improve their self-confidence. And women who struggle to get back to their former selves post-pregnancy find that an abdominoplasty as part of a “mommy makeover” helps them look and feel their best.

Risks and Rewards of Abdominoplasty

Tummy tucks are popular, but they’re also major surgical procedures that require general anesthesia, take up to five hours or more to complete, and call for several weeks in recovery. Complications are rare, but diabetic patients in particular are more susceptible to problems like infections, as they are with most cosmetic surgery procedures.

Are Tummy Tucks Good for Weight Loss?

Only a certain amount of body fat is safe to remove during abdominoplasty, so the procedure shouldn’t be viewed as a weight-loss method. Plus, a tummy tuck doesn’t typically improve a person’s blood pressure, cholesterol level, or other obesity-related issues. Most doctors recommend changes to diet and lifestyle as safer, more practical ways to lose weight.

Is Abdominoplasty Right For You?

If you think a tummy tuck is the right decision for you, it’s time to consult with one of the board-certified plastic surgeons at Napa Solano Plastic Surgery. We’ll discuss everything you need to know about what’s involved with the procedure, how you should prepare for it, the risks involved, and what you should expect during recovery.

Contact us today to learn more about how a tummy tuck can deliver physical and psychological dividends that can last a lifetime.