Is Abdominoplasty Right for You?

Abdominoplasty | David Altamira, MD | Houston TXMany people spend months – years even – putting in their time at the gym. They count calories and control carbs and try any trendy method that promises to help them tighten and tone. If you’ve been doing any of these things for a while, you may be realizing that diet and fitness can’t fix everything. We’re certainly not saying that you should trade the treadmill in for Tequila shots and tacos. We are saying that there are instances for which patients could use surgical assistance.

A prime indication for abdominoplasty is a lack of desired results among women who want to “lose the baby weight.” Often, a woman’s efforts bring her to a better place; just not to the place she really wants to be. Eating well and exercising can have a positive impact on weight without doing much to improve the curves of the body. The reason is that pregnancy stretches the skin and tissue all the way into the abdominal cavity. The muscles that reside here either stretch dramatically or separate. In either situation, it is possible that the capacity for full retraction is lost.

We should also say that, while pregnancy is the prime reason for excessive abdominal stretching, there is also value in considering abdominoplasty after dramatic weight loss.

Abdominoplasty: It’s Not About Fat Reduction

Diet and exercise often result in fat loss. This is beneficial to a certain degree but may not solve all of your cosmetic concerns. Even liposuction may be insufficient for giving you the contours you crave. Abdominoplasty has a completely different objective.

Abdominoplasty is also referred to as a tummy tuck. The technique involves the removal of excess skin and tissue and reattachment of muscular structure deeper within the abdomen. If lingering fat is also a concern, we can target it by combining liposuction with abdominoplasty. However, it is the tightening of abdominal structures that fully resolves the bulge that creates a frustrating muffin-top.

Prime candidates for abdominoplasty are men and women who are in good general health and want to correct the separation of abdominal muscles. This is commonly a result of weight loss or pregnancy. This procedure is also beneficial for women who have undergone C-section surgery.

Feeling good in your body doesn’t have to be so difficult. Learn how abdominoplasty can reinstate the toned tummy you used to have. Call 713-271-9000 to schedule a visit to our Cypress, Houston, or Sugar Land office.

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