Tummy tuck is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in Chicago and around the country. The popularity of the procedure is primarily due to its benefits and the relative ease of recovery. Tummy tuck, or Abdominoplasty, can help narrow the waistline, strengthen abdominal muscles, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Improved appearance
After pregnancy or weight loss, the stomach skin and muscles are often stretched beyond their natural limits. This creates sagging skin, or loose abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck can benefit patients with these problems by creating a tauter, flatter belly, a narrower waist, and a smoother stomach outline. Stretch marks on the lower stomach can sometimes be completely eliminated, depending on how much skin a patient needs to have removed. The appearance of stretch marks that aren’t removed with excess skin is often improved because the skin is pulled tighter across the stomach.

Excess Skin Removal

With age, skin naturally loses some of its elasticity. This process is often complicated by pregnancy or weight gain, resulting in sagging, or loose skin. Sagging skin can be a real health problem for some patients, because fungus can develop in skin folds. This is particularly a problem for patients who have dramatic weight loss after bariatric surgery. During a tummy tuck, this excess skin is removed and the remaining skin redraped.

Tighter abdominal muscles

Age, pregnancy, and obesity also sometimes create loose abdominal muscles. This happens when the rectus abdominus muscles on each side of the abdomen becomes stretched out. These muscles cannot regain their previous tautness on their own, even with exercise. In order to regain their original tautness, these muscles must be surgically restored. During a tummy tuck, the muscle is folded over and sutured into place. Not all tummy tuck patients needs muscle repair, however, for those who do the result is a flatter stomach and a slimmer waistline.

An increase in self-esteem and an improved self image are perhaps the most important benefits of a tummy tuck. Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Otto Placik can help you on your journey toward that improved self-regard by carefully listening to your needs and helping you map out a surgical plan that can help you reach your goals.

If you live in the Chicago area and want to know more about the benefits of abdominoplasty, please contact Dr. Otto Placik’s Chicago office to schedule a one-on-one personal consultation.