The abdominal area, often called the “tummy,” tends to hold onto stubborn fat pockets that are difficult to budge. Because of this, the tummy is a common area that is hard to tone and flatten. After pregnancy in particular, the tummy can pooch outward and sag. In many cases, diet, exercise, and other treatments are unfortunately not effective when it comes to slimming and contouring the abdomen. People who want to achieve a toned, flat stomach may find that a tummy tuck in the Charlottesville area at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery is a perfect procedure for their needs.
What to expect during a tummy tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery begins with general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make an incision across the lower abdomen at the level of the pubic hair. This incision is easily concealed by underwear or a swimsuit. Your surgeon will remove excess fat and skin to shape and tone the area. Weakened muscles will be sewn together and tightened with permanent sutures.
The skin is then pulled down and firmly secured to create a tight, shapely contour. The navel is repositioned and the incision is closed.