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Whether you’ve just had a baby, you’ve had substantial weight-loss or you’re wanting to enhance your phyical body to make your outer beauty match your inner beauty, an abdominoplasty (commonly known as a tummy tuck) can increase a person’s morale while making them more attractive and shapely.

If you are researching the possibility of an abdominoplasty procedure Des Moines IA, here are a few tips to get you started.

The best candidates for an abdominoplasty have:

             stretched or separated abdominal muscles

             excess or hanging skin around your abdomen

             localized fat deposits around your midsection

What happens during a tummy tuck?

The doctor will make a horizontal incision just above your pubic bone a second incision is made inside the naval. Through these incisions the doctor will eliminate and/or reshape the underlying tissue and tighten the abdominal muscles to produce a firmer and flatter belly. This is usually done under general anesthesia at a local hospital in 2 to 3 hours as an outpatient.

The pros and cons of the tummy tuck procedure


             you’ll end up with a rigid flat stomach

             unwanted skin will be eliminated

             used together with Liposuction you can end up a size or two smaller

             if you’ve always had a big waist, it will allow your pants to fit you properly

             reduces the appearance of stretch marks

             decreases the waistline which allows for an hourglass figure

             it is a very low list risk procedure

The tummy tuck procedure also makes the stomach more rigid which means no drooping skin that happens after other methods of weight loss or body sculpting.


1.          there will be scarring

2.          the recovery time is not short it may take many months for recovery to be complete

3.          it’s an expensive procedure that is not covered by health insurance

4.          the tightening of the abdominals can result in breathing problems for some

5.          women who plan to be pregnant in the future are not recommended to have this procedure similar to any surgery there is always the chance of complications including death

What if I’m overweight. Can I still have a tummy tuck?

If you are clinically obese or overweight a tummy tuck procedure won’t reduce or drastically change your body composition. While being overweight won’t necessarily exclude you as a candidate there is always increased risk of surgical complications with obese or overweight patients. Most plastic surgeons will recommend other options or even ask you to lose a prescribed amount of weight prior to booking your procedure.

Things to Consider

Have you dieted?

Have you worked out?

Are you healthy?

Is there a non-surgical option you could try first?

Can you afford the cost of surgery and the time off work?

If you are still uncertain, most local clinics will provide a free consultation where you can speak with a physician and get answers specific to tou before you make your decision.

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