Las Vegas Tummy Tuck

Why Consider Abdominoplasty?

You’ve tried every version of “Get a flat belly in 6 weeks” there is, but no matter how well you eat or how much you work out, you’ve still got a belly. Unfortunately, there are a few things that diet and exercise cannot address. If you’re experiencing any of the following, you might see if a tummy tuck is right for you:

Pregnancy and Stretched Out Abdominal Muscles

During pregnancy, abdominal muscles get stretched out and often times aren’t able to come back to the way they were. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many sit ups you do; you just end up with really strong, stretched-out abs as opposed to tight, flat abs with the waistline you desire. Some people, on the other hand, have great genetics and their abs just seem to spring back without any sit ups at all! For everyone else, a tummy tuck might be the answer.

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Weight Loss and Stretched Out Abdominal Muscles

The pregnancy concept also applies to people who have lost significant weight. With weight gain, a significant amount of fat can accumulate around your abdominal organs, which pushes on your abs from the inside and stretches them out, just like with pregnancy. With weight loss, this same fat shrinks, but the abs can be permanently stretched out. If this is you, a tummy tuck may help you get the flat abdomen you’re looking for.

Loose Skin

People who love everything about their abs except for loose skin may also benefit from a tummy tuck. Instead of the abdominal muscles, focus is placed on achieving smooth, tight skin and hopefully getting rid of some stretch marks. If the loose skin is limited to below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck may suffice. If the loose skin is above and below the belly button, a full tummy tuck will provide the best overall contour.

About Scars from Tummy Tucks

One of the most common questions we get about tummy tucks is “How long will the scar be?” You can estimate this at home by looking in the mirror. Determine where your skin starts to wrinkle or fold on each side of your abdomen. This will predict how long your scar will need to be to provide you with a smooth contour.

The next most common question is “Where will it be?” Dr. Pancholi takes care to place tummy tuck incisions as low as possible, and with a gentle curve as it moves towards the sides, so resulting scars can easily be hidden beneath a swimsuit bottom. While good scar care is key for optimal fading, Dr. Pancholi can usually improve a less-than-satisfactory scar if needed.

If Dr. Pancholi is making an incision in the belly button (typically with standard or extended tummy tucks), he will always aim to place incisions so that the scar will be hidden inside the belly button as your body heals.

Who Should Get a Tummy Tuck?

An ideal candidate is someone in good health and at a healthy and stable weight. Although most people have a goal weight in mind, this number should be achievable and maintained. Crash dieting to a too-low number will often result in rebounding back up to a weight that your lifestyle dictates.

A better approach may be to commit to a diet and exercise program that is realistic for you to maintain and can produce a stable weight. At that point, having a tummy tuck will more likely result in you being able to return your diet and exercise program and hopefully lose a few more pounds rather than gaining weight and developing a look you may not like.

For women, it is best to be certain that you don’t want to have any more kids—tummy tuck surgery won’t hurt your pregnancy, but you also don’t want to unravel everything you just had surgery to correct.

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Is Liposuction a Better Option for Me?

If you notice that your abs are tight and you don’t have extra or loose skin, liposuction might be the answer for you. Liposuction treats just the fat layer between the skin and stomach muscles. It also works well for the individual who is not fluctuating in weight. Just like with a tummy tuck, the results of liposuction are better without weight gain.

Liposuction is regularly performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck. Many people will have their waist and lower back contoured to have a sleek waistline all the way around their midsection, making that clingy shirt fit better in all the right places.

Is a Mini-Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

For those women who have seen their abs come together well after pregnancy and have a little bit of loose skin between the belly button and pubic area, a mini tummy tuck can help tighten that area. A smaller incision is made and the loose skin is removed. No belly button scars are needed, and the loose skin can be dramatically improved. The advantage of this type of tummy tuck is the decreased scarring and relatively quick recovery. However, very little, if any, muscle or skin above the belly button is treated, so fewer patients are good candidates for this option.

Learn more at a free consultation

Ready to take the next step? Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Pancholi. This will give you a chance to go over all your options with a qualified, knowledgeable cosmetic surgeon with over a decade of abdominoplasty experience.