Many men and women in the Austin, TX area are troubled by certain parts of the body that do not seem to respond to traditional diet and exercise. Pockets of fat throughout the body, including the abdominal area, are a common concern. Thanks to continued advances in medicine and the area of aesthetic treatments, patients have a way to target their midsection and address unwanted fat effectively with the tummy tuck procedure.

What is a tummy tuck?

Drs. Christine Fisher of Austin Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery describes the tummy tuck procedure as a combination of treatments to address both excess fat deposits and excess skin. The first portion of the tummy tuck starts with liposuction. Liposuction is a manual way of removing unwanted fat cells from a specific area of the body. Using a tube-like device called a cannula attached to a suctioning machine, the fat from the abdominal area is strategically removed to ensure even results. Once the fat has been removed, excess skin is often present. This is when the doctor then removes the excess skin and sutures the area to complete the process. With both fat and skin removal, patients will have a flatter, firmer stomach area.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Not everyone is suitable for surgical interventions such as the tummy tuck. During a patient’s first visit, the doctor will examine them to decide if the tummy tuck procedure would be effective in helping them reach their goals. It is vital that patients understand that the tummy tuck procedure is a body contouring treatment, not a weight loss solution. In fact, the best candidates for the tummy tuck procedure are adult men and women who already lead an active lifestyle and eat nutritiously. Patients should be within their ideal weight range while having realistic expectations as to what can be achieved with plastic surgery.

Learn more about the tummy tuck procedures

At Austin Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, our professionals encourage patients to take the time to discuss body contouring procedures that may be right for their needs. If you live in the area of Austin, TX and want to speak to our doctors, call 512-815-0123. Our front office team can book you for a consultation visit with Drs. Christine Fisher to discuss your desires.

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