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Sometimes even the strictest diets and exercise regimens are not enough to achieve the flat and toned abdomen we all want. That’s because factors like weight loss, pregnancy and aging often leave loose, saggy skin and stubborn fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise efforts. Fortunately, a sculpted midsection is very possible with tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
Men and women who desire noticeable and long-lasting tummy tuck results trust Cleveland plastic surgeons Drs. Mark A. Foglietti and Alanna Foglietti Fostyk. The board-certified surgeons pride themselves on utilizing the latest techniques and a personalized approach to deliver consistently attractive and natural-looking results. If crunches and healthy eating are not giving you the results you want, contact Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery to discuss tummy tuck.
Am I a Candidate for Tummy Tuck?
You may be an ideal candidate for tummy tuck if you have the following:
- Loose, sagging abdominal skin as a result of genetics, weight fluctuations, pregnancy or aging
- Surplus fat on the abdomen that does not respond to diet and exercise
- Weakened or separated abdominal muscles
In addition, you must be in good general health, not smoke and have a stable and healthy weight before undergoing tummy tuck. Although a common procedure, tummy tuck is highly individualized. Dr. Foglietti or Dr. Foglietti Fostyk will meet with you to discuss your concerns regarding your abdomen and design a treatment plan that achieves your desired outcome.
Tummy tuck is performed as an outpatient procedure under anesthesia. To begin, an incision is made across the lower abdomen, extending from hipbone to hipbone. The surgeons place the incision slightly above the pubic hairline, which is low enough that it can be concealed by most underwear and bikini bottoms. Through this incision, the underlying muscles will be tightened and excess tissue removed. If surplus fat is present, it will be removed via liposuction. Skin and tissue will be tightened to reveal a flatter and tighter contour. An additional incision around the navel is made to improve the appearance of the belly button.
Drs. Foglietti and Foglietti Fostyk also offer a modified tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck. This technique may be appropriate if you have excess skin only on the lower abdomen and minimal fat. It requires a slightly shorter incision than full tummy tuck, placed below the bikini/underwear line. Through this incision, the surgeon will tighten the underlying muscles and remove/sculpt skin and tissues to create a flatter and more attractive contour. This does not correct the skin above the belly button.
Once all of the agreed-upon modifications are made, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures, dress the treated area with soft bandages and place a compression garment on top to support the healing tissues.
A sculpted and toned abdomen is possible with tummy tuck surgery. To learn more about the procedure or the other body contouring treatments offered by the plastic surgeons at Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery, schedule a personal consultation by contacting our Cleveland office today.