How Much Skin is Removed for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

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The stomach can be one of the most frustrating areas of the body for men and women. It is not uncommon for adults to struggle with saggy, loose skin, or excess fat around their waistline. Several factors can change the way it looks, such as fluctuating weight or pregnancy. When a healthy lifestyle and exercise are no longer effective, women and men can turn to a tummy tuck procedure.

Midland, MI-based double board-certified reconstructive and plastic surgeon Dr. David Yonick has helped countless patients reclaim their waistline and feel better about how they look. If you have further questions about tummy tuck surgery or would like to schedule a consultation, contact Yonick Plastic Surgery today.

What does a tummy tuck do?

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. The primary goal of tummy tuck surgery is to get a smoother, flatter, more toned-looking midsection. In most cases, an incision is made in the lower abdominal area where unwanted fatty pockets and loose skin can be removed. Depending on each patient's aesthetic needs, liposuction can be incorporated to extract fatty deposits and further recontour the area. The underlying muscles are then tightened to create a more toned, flatter stomach area. Patients can choose from a mini tummy tuck, full tummy tuck, or extended tummy tuck procedure to achieve their desired results.

How to get rid of saggy stomach skin, and is a tummy tuck the answer?

The answer is yes. Large weight fluctuations and pregnancies can cause loose skin in the lower abdominal area. After weight loss, especially if a significant amount, most men and women can struggle with skin that has lost elasticity. It is one of the main reasons why patients in Midland, MI consider a tummy tuck or skin reduction surgery. Once the abdominal skin is stretched out, no exercise or strength training will make it bounce back. A tummy tuck can help with excess skin removal and tighten underlying muscles for a more toned, tighter look. So, how much skin can be removed?

How much skin is safe to remove with a tummy tuck procedure?

A tummy tuck can help with mild to severe cases of loose skin in the abdominal area. There are generally no limits with skin reduction surgery. Unlike liposuction, which has safety limits, this doesn't apply to excess skin removal. However, enough tissue must be left behind for safe closure and proper healing. Removing too much can lead to healing problems, while removing too little can leave a patient unsatisfied with the outcome. Working closely with an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Yonick, can determine what each individual may need, and which tummy tuck technique will be effective. Small amounts of loose skin can be managed with a mini tummy tuck, while a full tummy tuck can tackle moderate to severe skin laxity. For men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight, an extended tummy tuck may be necessary.

At Yonick Plastic Surgery in Midland, MI, double board-certified reconstructive and plastic surgeon Dr. David Yonick can help you get rid of that stretched out skin that is bothering you. You can have a tighter, smoother stomach area with this skin reduction surgery. To find out more about tummy tuck surgery or to schedule a consultation today, contact our office and book an appointment with Dr. Yonick.

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