Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “tummy tuck,” is a  surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen, while tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. This provides a “Flat Tummy” for those who have had children and now have a loose abdominal wall. What contributes to a “Jiggly Belly”? It’s excess skin and excess and lax fascia. Fascia covers and protects the muscles. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen, by removing excess fat and skin tightening the fascia.  But bear in mind, it does produce a permanent scar, which, depending on the extent of the original problem and the surgery required to correct it, can extend from hip to hip.  Over time though, the scar should fade and become less visible.  In some cases, it is truly imperceptible.  The most important part of an abdominoplasty is the “belly button”.  Dr. Kallman developed a technique which restores the youthful appearance to this area and also hides the scar.  You can wear that 2 piece bathing suit and no-one will see any signs of surgery,  just a flat tummy and a sexy “belly button”.

The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.

Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone the surgery. Also, women who plan future pregnancies should wait, as vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy. In addition, people who have had previous abdominal surgery may not be good candidates. The best way to find out whether tummy tuck is right for you is to meet with Dr. Kallman. He will examine you, discuss your medical history, and help you determine which options are best for you. Abdominoplasty can also be performed safely with breast lifts , augmentation or reduction.

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