When Should I Consider a Tummy Tuck?

Plastic Surgeons & Medical Spa Serving Lexington, Frankfort, Georgetown, Nicholasville, and Nearby Central and Eastern Kentucky

Posted: May 30, 2019

Woman with larger midsection trying to button jeansIf excess skin and stubborn fat deposits are obscuring your midsection, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery) may be exactly what you have been looking for.

Diet and exercise can only do so much and often fail at completely sculpting and toning the abdominal area. Picking up where diet and exercise have failed, tummy tuck surgery eliminates unsightly fat deposits and removes unnecessary skin to produce attractive contours.

Tummy tuck surgery is not a good method of weight loss. It is, however, a fast and effective way to flatten and tone the abdomen through the removal of excess fat and skin. And, while not a safe way to drastically reduce weight, abdominoplasty can help remove those last few pounds and produce a fitter and healthier looking midsection.

If your goal is abdominal muscle definition, tummy tuck surgery can be further enhanced through progressive core exercises. More advanced and demanding exercise is not necessary for maintaining results, though, making tummy tuck suitable for people who want to gain optimal definition as well as those just seeking a more comfortable and trim midsection.

Tummy tuck surgery can be beneficial to people with a range of body contouring goals and may even be used in combination with breast and body procedures during mommy makeover and other comprehensive surgeries.

Which Type of Tummy Tuck Should I Consider?

The board-certified plastic surgeons at our Lexington office offer both full and mini tummy tuck options. Which one is best for your needs will be dependent on a number of factors and can best be determined during your one-on-one consultation.

During a mini tummy tuck, excess fat and skin are removed from the lower abdomen. This allows a tightening of low belly skin and underlying muscle for better defined contours. This is a good option for patients who do not have significant amounts of excess skin and who have not experienced diastasis recti, a separation of the abdominal muscles.

For patients who have excess skin and fat in the upper belly or whose stomach muscles have separated, a full tummy tuck may be best. This option addresses the area between the pubic bone and the rib cage, sculpting and toning the entire abdominal region. A full tummy tuck can also be used to reattach separated abdominal muscles.

The abdominoplasty technique that will produce the best results for you will depend on several factors unique to your body, medical history, and ultimate goals. During your initial consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons, we will take time to listen as you talk about your desired outcomes and we will provide you with honest information about the techniques and procedures that will be most suitable for your needs. 

To learn if abdominoplasty is right for you, call Plastic Surgeons of Lexington at 859-276-3883 to schedule a consultation today. We welcome tummy tuck patients from Georgetown, Frankfort, and throughout the state of Kentucky.