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How to Tighten Lower Belly Skin With a Tummy Tuck

By Dr. Charles J. Galanis

How to Tighten Lower Belly Skin With a Tummy Tuck

After your skin stretches, it loses its skin elasticity and the ability to bounce back into shape. Skin stretching is common after pregnancy, significant weight loss, and aging. It can leave you with sagging skin around your abdominal area.

As we age, our bodies naturally lower the amount of collagen production which also leads to wrinkled skin and loose or sagging skin.  A lot of people try to spark skin tightening by trying natural remedies to stimulate collagen production to decrease loose or sagging skin.

These attempts are great for your skin cells and skin tone, but realistically aren’t going to achieve your desired results of a flatter stomach without the excess skin on your stomach.

If you’ve unsuccessfully tried various other skin tightening treatments, and you still want to tighten loose skin, leaving you with a flat, trim stomach again. Consider that a tummy tuck surgery is potentially the best option for you. Visit the best tummy tuck surgeon for stunning results.

What a Tummy Tuck Can Correct

Multiple circumstances can lead to loose abdominal skin. In some cases, a muscular issue leads to lax skin. In other scenarios, patients have stubborn fat that causes their skin to stretch and sag. Whether you have gone through pregnancy or gravity has aged you, tummy tuck surgery can tighten skin eliminating loose stomach skin.

Loose Skin from Pregnancy

After pregnancy, the loose skin around your belly may not “snap back” to its original shape. You can be left with loose skin that hangs below your stomach. Tummy tuck surgery incorporates abdominal skin tightening to give you a slimmer, more toned appearance. After you are finished having children, a tummy tuck can give you your pre-baby body back for good.

Stubborn Fat Deposits

While tummy tuck surgery is not a weight loss procedure, it can target stubborn belly fat that just won’t go away. If you have tried traditional weight loss methods but still have a few extra pounds of abdominal fat and minor skin sagging, a tummy tuck will help slim your stomach. This will bring out the tummy tuck results you have worked hard for through a healthy diet and exercise.

Stretched Abdominal Muscles

Pregnancy and injuries can strain the muscle mass around your abdomen and cause them to stick out. This can look like belly fat or loose skin because it pushes outward. Tummy tucks repair your abdominal muscles and put them back in their proper places. The result is a more toned, flat tummy.

Hanging Skin from Extreme Weight Loss

When you lose a large amount of weight in a short period of time, your skin can’t keep up with the loss in volume. This causes loose skin folds to hang down over your figure, even if you have lost the excess body fat.

When you work hard for a healthy body, it can be disheartening to have loose skin in the way. Tummy tucks trim the skin around your belly so you can look as fit as you have become.

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The Different Types of Tummy Tucks

There are numerous options for patients who want a tummy tuck. Some patients need more skin trimming than others. It can be beneficial to combine liposuction with tummy tuck surgery to get rid of stubborn belly fat. Depending on your aesthetic goals, we will help you figure out the best tummy tuck procedure for you.

Full Tummy Tuck

During a full tummy tuck, we make an incision spanning between your hips. We also adjust your navel to make the results look as natural as possible. We repair any damaged muscles that protrude out of your stomach. Your abdominal skin is separated from the fat and muscles to position it tightly against your figure.

If you get liposuction done at the same time, we use a special vacuum to suction out excess belly fat. This will slim your physique and permanently get rid of those fat cells. Once the abdominal fat and muscles are taken care of, we position your navel and stitch up the incisions.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck procedure works well for patients with a small amount of extra skin or fat below their navel. This procedure only addresses the lower abdominal area with an incision right below your bikini line. We repair lower abdominal muscles if needed and tighten the lower belly skin for a flatter midsection.

“Mommy Makeover” Surgery

Sometimes a tummy tuck is performed as part of a broader “mommy makeover” procedure. This is because pregnancy causes skin stretching in the breast area as well as the abdominal area. During a mommy makeover, patients can receive breast augmentation, lifts, and tummy tucks as needed.

The transformation from mommy makeover procedures gives mothers more confidence as they admire their improved post-baby body. Each mommy makeover procedure is customized for the patient’s individual needs and ideal body shape.

Questions and Answers

Can you really tighten loose belly skin?

You have the potential to address loose skin after weight loss through a range of lifestyle adjustments and cosmetic procedures. These stomach skin tightening treatments may encompass modifications in diet and exercise, minimally invasive procedures, or body-contouring surgery.

Why do I still have a FUPA after my tummy tuck?

A big reason for the development of a FUPA (Fat Upper Pubic Area) after a tummy tuck procedure is primarily attributed to the swelling and bleeding that typically occurs during the surgical process. It’s essential to bear in mind that when an incision is made, the existing fat undergoes trauma due to the surgical dissection, leading to subsequent swelling.

What skin tightening treatments are tried before tummy tuck surgery?

Many people will try non surgical treatments to tighten their loose skin with topical creams to increase skin moisture and by exfoliating skin to remove dead skin cells.

Attempts to stimulate collagen production are also attempted by taking hyaluronic acid, increasing Vitamin C intake, and increasing antioxidants into their diet.  Another way that they try to promote healthy skin is by consuming healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil.

While these are all valid ways to increase overall skin health, it rarely leads to the results of a body contouring procedure such as a tummy tuck.

What are the effects of too much sun exposure on my skin?

Prolonged exposure to a significant amount of UV rays from the sun can pose harm to your skin. Over time, excessive sun exposure may break down the collagen levels in your skin, leading to a loss of elasticity. This, in turn, can contribute to the development of sagging or drooping skin around your stomach.

Good Candidates for a Tummy Tuck in Beverly Hills

If you are thinking about getting a tummy tuck, there are a few things to consider. Patients must be in good overall health before getting approved for tummy tuck surgery. This means you must be at a healthy weight, stop smoking, and address underlying medical conditions before surgery.

Women who plan to get pregnant at any point after surgery should wait until they are done having children. Pregnancy will reverse the slimming, toning effect of a tummy tuck by stretching your skin again. This is why tummy tucks are popular among mothers who have finished growing their families.

Dr. Galanis is the best tummy tuck surgeon to determine whether you are a candidate for tummy tuck. He will evaluate your medical history and lifestyle habits to see if you will achieve optimal results from tummy tuck surgery.

Visit the Best Tummy Tuck Surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA

If you are considering a tummy tuck in Beverly Hills, book a plastic surgery consultation at Galanis Plastic Surgery Beverly Hills. Dr. Galanis has extensive experience with tummy tuck surgery, and our patients are very excited about their results. We will discuss your aesthetic goals with you and guide you through your treatment plan.

Tummy tucks can help you achieve the body of your dreams. It is not too late to get your body back after pregnancy or weight loss. Book an appointment with Dr. Galanis today!




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