Ever look in the mirror and feel wistful for the body you had in high school? We ask a great deal of our bodies, and over the years, all those things begin to take a toll. While you’re as beautiful as you’ve ever been, you might find that you miss the smooth lines of your youth or the way your belly looked in a bikini before you had kids. There’s no shame in that. In fact, if you’re looking to recapture the silhouette you had years ago, tummy tuck surgery may be just what you’re looking for.
There are several different types of abdominoplasty, which is the fancy name for tummy tuck surgery:
- Standard Abdominoplasty. This may include liposuction, but not always.
- Mini- (or Partial-) Abdominoplasty. A less dramatic version of the full abdominoplasty.
- Extended Abdominoplasty. Same as Standard, but also includes portions of the upper thighs.
There are more variations, which may or may not be available from the doctor you choose. That’s one of the many reasons it’s important to thoroughly research doctors who perform tummy tuck surgery before selecting one.
Keep in mind that a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss, nor will it increase the elasticity of your existing skin. A tummy tuck is also considered a major procedure that will require some downtime and aftercare.
Not sure whether abdominoplasty is right for you? That’s okay. It’s a good idea to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon before making up your mind. A consultation can help you understand the benefits and risks of available procedures, while a preliminary exam can determine which types of abdominoplasty are good choices for you. You will want to have clearly defined goals and expectations before you make your appointment.
Contact Dr. Elizabeth Harris to learn more about tummy tuck surgery and how it can have you looking and feeling your best again!