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After losing more than 40 kilograms following a bariatric procedure such as gastric bypass or lap band surgery patients are typically left with loose folds of extra skin. Abdominoplasty surgery, more commonly known as a ‘tummy tuck’, is a popular way for bariatric patients to rid themselves of this loose, excess skin.
About Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Many bariatric patients undergo tummy tuck surgery following their weight loss surgery, not only because they see the loose skin around their abdomen as unattractive, but because this excess skin leaves them feeling uncomfortable.
Abdominoplasty is the process of removing this fatty tissue around the abdomen through an incision concealed below the waistline and tightening the remaining skin to fit the patient's new body. A standard tummy-tuck removes 1 to 4 kilograms of belly fat from the patient.
Since 2000, the number of tummy-tuck procedures performed in the US has risen by 79 per cent to more than 112,000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. But what are the pros and cons of such an operation?
For further information relating to the potential risks of undergoing a tummy tuck procedure see the American Society of Plastic Surgeons risk and safety information