You are likely to need a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) if –
• You have had a C-section. It weakens the abdominal (rectus) muscles.
• You have had abdominal surgery. Whether open or by laparoscopy, this can damage the abdominal muscles.
• You have had more than one pregnancy – repeated stretching weakens the muscles.
• You have a sway back after pregnancy or abdominal surgery. This suggests that your abdominal muscles are weakened and your back is taking the strain.
• The front of abdomen bulges more than the sides. Muscles are in the front.
• You have stretch marks – if the skin is stretched, usually the muscle is too.
To be sure? I can examine your abdomen and determine what you don’t like and what the cause is.
If fat is the chief problem, liposuction may be all you need. But with loose skin, fat at the sides and stretched muscles in front – you have a 99% chance of having a good result from a tummy tuck – and with liposuction of your sides and upper abdomen at the same time, you have the best of both worlds!
Copyright July 2012 E Morgan MD
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