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A Tummy Tuck Can Help Get Rid of Loose, Hanging Belly Skin

Dr. David M. Hartman | 04/18/2023

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Loose skin in the abdominal area is a common issue. It can be caused by weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or simply aging. No matter the cause, excess skin can be frustrating and uncomfortable, and it can be challenging to achieve a smooth, toned tummy through diet and exercise alone.

At Fine Arts Skin & Laser in Dover, OH, Dr. David M. Hartman helps patients near Tuscarawas County (including Cleveland, Columbus, Akron, and Canton) and Pittsburgh, PA, achieve their body contouring goals.

Find out how a tummy tuck can help get rid of loose belly skin and give you a flatter, more toned midsection.

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tightens the muscles to create a smoother, more toned appearance. It effectively reduces excess skin after pregnancy or significant weight loss, and can also help remove c-section-type scars.

At Fine Arts Skin & Laser, Dr. Hartman performs a unique type of tummy tuck called a “Lipo-Abdominoplasty.” This not only involves tightening belly skin but may include reducing belly fat via liposuction — all in the same procedure.

During a Lipo-Abdominoplasty, Dr. Hartman will make an incision along the lower abdomen, from hip to hip, to remove any excess skin and fat. Then, he will tighten the abdominal muscles to create a more defined waistline. If needed, he will suction out excess fat to reduce stubborn belly bulges that are resistant to diet and exercise. The incision will then be closed using sutures or surgical tape, and you'll be given instructions for aftercare and recovery.

What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck can provide significant benefits for individuals struggling with loose belly skin.

Some of the benefits of a tummy tuck, and Dr. Hartman's Lipo-Abdominoplasty more specifically, include:

  • A flatter, more toned abdominal area
  • Removal of excess skin and fat
  • Improved abdominal muscle tone
  • A more defined waistline
  • Improved posture and comfort
  • Enhanced self-confidence and body image

The fat removed during liposuction can also be used for a fat transfer to add volume in areas where you may need it.

What is recovery like after a tummy tuck?

Following a tummy tuck, patients should expect to take some time off from work and other activities to allow their bodies to heal. Most patients can return to work within 2 – 4 weeks, depending on the extent of the surgery and their individual recovery.

During the recovery period, it's important to follow Dr. Hartman's instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and optimal results. This will involve avoiding strenuous activity, heavy lifting, and anything that puts pressure on the abdominal area.

You will likely be given a compression garment to reduce swelling and support the healing process.

Are there risks involved in tummy tuck surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, a tummy tuck does come with some risks and potential complications like infection, bleeding, scarring, and reactions to anesthesia.

It's also essential to have realistic expectations for the procedure's outcome. While a Lipo-Abdominoplasty can significantly improve the appearance of the abdominal area, it's still important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine after the procedure.

Reduce hanging belly skin with a tummy tuck in Dover, OH

A tummy tuck can be an effective body contouring solution for individuals struggling with loose, hanging belly skin.

If you're considering a tummy tuck, schedule a consultation with Dr. David M. Hartman at Fine Arts Skin & Laser in Dover, OH. He helps patients near Tuscarawas County (including Cleveland, Columbus, Akron, and Canton) and Pittsburgh, PA achieve their body contouring goals.

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