tummy tuck, or an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure in which excess tissue and fat from the stomach is removed in order to create a better contour of the waist. A flat abdomen can be extremely hard to achieve and maintain for many individuals. This can be due to aging, lifestyle choices, heredity, pregnancy, and/or health problems causing weight fluctuations. While it is imperative to first try to achieve a flatter stomach through exercise and a healthy diet, if you are someone who still cannot seem to accomplish your body goals, a tummy tuck may be right for you. This procedure can allow patients to quickly diminish a large amount of excess tissue around the abdomen, thus creating a better toned stomach.

During your tummy tuck procedure you will choose between intravenous sedation and general anesthesia, with the help of your surgeon. There are a few incision options which will be determined based on the amount of excess skin requiring removal. Typically a horizontal incision along the bikini line will be utilized. Sometimes a second incision around the navel may be necessary in order to remove skin from the upper abdomen. When the procedure is complete sutures, skin adhesives or clips are used to close the incision. After your surgery, the results will be immediately visible, and will continue to improve once swelling subsides and surgical scars fade. This surgery, like most cosmetic procedures, has a high satisfaction rate.

If you are interested in a tummy tuck procedure come see Dr. Kim in the Northwestern Plastic Surgery Clinic. Dr. Kim will inform you of all your surgical options, and answer any questions you may have leading up to the procedure. Call and schedule your free consult today!

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