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Tummy tuck popularity has been on the rise in recent years. Today, more patients than ever are interested in the benefits of tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty. And, it’s easy to understand why. The abdomen is one area of the body that men and women most commonly feel unhappy with, whether due to excess fatty deposits, stretched-out skin or separated abdominal muscles. The relative degrees of fat excess, skin redundancy, and muscle laxity will influence the type of tummy tuck selected: micro, mini, full, extended.

Excess Stomach Fat

The stomach can be one of the most difficult places to shed those fat bulges. Many individuals who are otherwise at their goal weight may be embarrassed about their love handles or stomach rolls. A tummy tuck can remove a limited amount of fatty deposits from the midsection and is frequently combined with liposuction for a slimmer, shapelier appearance. However, fat inside the abdominal cavity cannot be reduced and therefore it is best to be at your ideal body weight.

Baggy Skin

One of the most common reasons men and women pursue tummy tuck surgery is to treat loose, baggy skin around their stomachs. Excess skin is common after women have undergone multiple pregnancies since stretching out the abdominal area during pregnancy can affect skin laxity. However, both women and men can benefit from skin tightening after dramatic weight loss, which may leave them with a slimmer abdomen but too much skin, hiding their new shape. This is the predominant reason why liposuction alone leads to unsatisfactory results. The amount of skin excess will have a direct impact on the length or design of the incision.

Separated Abdominal Muscles

Another common effect of both pregnancy and weight gain is separated abdominal muscles. During a tummy tuck, your surgeon can tighten and tone your upper and lower abdominal muscles as needed, leaving you with a more youthful, fit looking midsection. While exercise may improve muscle tone, it may not be capable of eliminating the muscle separation which may persist despite being fit.

Rising tummy tuck popularity is reflective of the procedure’s wide-ranging benefits for both men and women, and at various stages in their lives. As more individuals become aware of what the procedure could do for them, the popularity of abdominoplasty may only continue to rise.

Author: Dr. Otto Placik

Dr. Otto Placik is a Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago, a leader in the field of body sculpting, and is recognized for his artistry in a wide range of modern cosmetic enhancements.


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