It gets harder to keep a trim and toned physique as we age. Not only does the busyness of life often get in the way of eating healthy and maintaining an exercise routine but the body’s natural metabolism slows down as well. It’s these factors that contribute to the development of pockets of fat around the midsection. Our skin also loses its natural elasticity as we age, which can cause our skin to sag in areas that are unflattering.
These stubborn pockets of fat and loose skin on the midsection are more than just aesthetically unappealing but they can affect your self-esteem as well. You may wear more concealing clothing and avoid warm-weather activities such as swimming or going to the beach for fear of exposing your waistline. Unfortunately, these problems can occur to those who regularly diet and exercise too.
That’s why at New Image Plastic Surgery, we offer multiple tummy tuck options to help those with bothersome deposits of fat and excess skin on their midsection. Our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roberta Gartside knows that each patient has specific concerns and individual needs that differ from others. By providing multiple tummy tuck options, she’s able to tailor the body contouring procedure to your unique needs so that you experience the best results possible.
Tummy tucks are used to reduce and eliminate small pockets of fat in and around the midsection. It also helps reduce excess skin on the waist that can develop over time from aging or after losing a significant amount of weight. Tummy tucks also help tighten abdominal muscles that weaken with age or from multiple pregnancies.
Dr. Gartside offers the following tummy tuck options at our office:
- Full tummy tuck: This option addresses the small pockets of fat and loose skin around the entire abdomen above and below the belly button. Depending on the amount of work performed, an overnight stay may be required.
- Mini tummy tuck: This option is like a full tummy tuck but only smaller. This procedure is great for those who want to address fat and loose skin in the lower abdomen below the belly button.
- Extended tummy tuck: This option is basically like the full tummy tuck but includes the sides and flanks as well. Because of the amount of work needed for this option, a larger incision is used and may require you to stay overnight for recovery.
Each one of these tummy tuck options can also help tighten the abdominal muscles in the areas being treated. Dr. Gartside may also suggest combining liposuction with your tummy tuck procedure to help eliminate excess deposits of fat. It’s important to remember, however, that a tummy tuck and liposuction are not meant as weight loss solutions but rather body contouring options to help define the figure when you’re near your ideal weight. Dr. Gartside will go over all candidacy requirements with you during your comprehensive consultation to make sure the best treatment is used to meet your aesthetic goals.
If you’d like to learn more or wish to find out if you’re a candidate for these procedures, please contact us today by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at 703-742-8004 to schedule your consultation. We proudly provide quality plastic surgery services to those who live in and near the Reston and McLean, Virginia areas.