If you’ve had children or lost a good deal of weight, odds are your abdomen isn’t what it once was. Loose skin and a little pooch — that’s the usual condition. Why? Because when skin and connective tissue beneath is stretched, due to pregnancy or weight gain, it can only maintain its ability to return to its former tautness for so long. After that, the elasticity is lessened. The result? The tummy pooch or worse.
But Dr. Herte can bring your abdomen back closer to its former self with a tummy tuck. She offers a few different options when it comes to tummy tuck procedures.
Mini tummy tuck
Also known as a limited-incision abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck targets the lower abdominal area. It can be an ideal solution if you have very little excess skin, but still want to eliminate that pooch in your lower belly. The mini tummy tuck is far less invasive than its traditional counterpart, so recovery is easier and scarring in minimal.
Full tummy tuck
A full tummy tuck is recommended for those women with a good deal of loose abdominal skin. During a full tummy tuck, a larger section of excess skin and fat is removed, and the underlying muscles are tightened to produce a shapelier waistline.
To create the tight, flat abdomen that everyone wants, Dr. Herte not only removes excess skin, but also repairs your abdominal muscles. By reworking these muscles this procedure can also have the added benefit of relieving back pain, as the muscles can now do their job supporting the back.
Ultrasound energy, which is used to tighten the skin and trigger the body into creating more collagen (which supports the skin), can be combined with a full or mini tummy tuck to further firm up the area.
There was a time when women chose between a tummy tuck and liposuction, but now the two procedures usually overlap. In addition to loose, saggy skin, most people also have pockets of fat that don’t respond to exercise or dietary changes. Liposuction removes these pockets.
Just because you had kids doesn’t mean you have to live with a saggy stomach the rest of your life. Give the Herte Center a call at 702-732-9600 and let’s discuss your tummy tuck options.