Tummy Tuck

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Tummy Tuck Full
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Tummy Tuck Mini

Abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, is one of the most requested procedures among Dr. Mark Freeman’s patients. He understands that today’s media is full of “six-pack abs” and flat waistlines, but the truth is that many people can never achieve a toned tummy with exercise and dieting alone. Men and women often visit Dr. Freeman seeking a tummy tuck from Idaho Falls and Pocatello, Idaho, and Jackson, Wyoming, as well as other areas throughout the Rockies.

A tummy tuck can often correct what years of diet and exercise have been unable to do in only a few hours. For those who have nearly given up on exercise, a tighter tummy often kick-starts them into a more active lifestyle. Not only can a new waistline give you a newfound sense of self-confidence, it can open a whole new realm of possibilities for your closet. Instead of or in addition to a tummy tuck, many patients choose liposuction to further improve their body contour.

It’s easy for women and men to learn more about tummy tuck surgery. Request an appointment online with Dr. Freeman, who is happy to help you explore your cosmetic options.

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There are two main issues to think about when addressing the stomach. The first is the laxity of the skin and fatty layer overlying the abdominal muscles. While the muscles beneath may be tight and firm, it is quite common to acquire redundant or loose skin over the waistline, especially after weight loss or pregnancy. To make matters worse, stretch marks often appear and may be just as bothersome. Skin types vary from person to person, and those with less elasticity often find it impossible to get the skin to snap back into position.

Dr. Mark Freeman

Mark E. Freeman, MD

Dr. Freeman is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is known throughout the region for his extensive training, warm personality, and commitment to delivering high-quality results.

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The second issue is the deep layer of the abdomen, even below the fatty layer. The abdominal area not only tends to accumulate dense fat cells, but the muscles and fascia are often distorted and stretched from pregnancy, weight gain or simply genetics. Once this fascial layer has been weakened and the muscles pushed away from the midline, there is no way to pull it back together through exercise. This weakness leads to the abdominal contents pushing forward, creating an unsightly “pooch” in the lower abdomen often seen with aging.

The good news for my patients is that the abdominoplasty operation can address both of these issues at the same time. Not only can the tummy be flattened by removing skin, and often stretch marks, but the abdominal muscles and fascia are also tightened to form an internal corset or girdle.

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About Tummy Tuck Surgery

As with every procedure I perform, I believe in a customized approach to every patient’s wishes. There are many variations to the standard tummy tuck procedure that I find valuable while addressing the needs of my patients. It may be that only a small amount of skin needs to be addressed and a mini-tummy tuck is all that is needed. Some patients may have both issues following pregnancy that are able to be approached using only an old C-section scar, while other patients may have larger stomachs following weight loss that require a more integrated approach and whole body rejuvenation.

A large number of mothers have discovered all too well the toll pregnancy can take on the abdomen and breasts. There are also those who have worked hard to lose weight only to be faced with the burden of excess skin in several areas. As a result, many potential tummy tuck patients ask whether they can have another procedure performed at the same time, such as breast augmentation. Often we are able to focus on other areas at the same time such as in a “Mommy Makeover” or total body rejuvenation after weight loss; however, your safety is always my first priority. Make an appointment today so that we can discuss whether you are an ideal candidate for a combined procedure.

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