As a board certified cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon with 25+ years of experience Dr. Roger J. Oldham has seen countless patients who desire body contouring procedures like liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), both of which remove excess fat. But, only abdominoplasty removes excess skin which loses elasticity with stretching due to weight gain. Despite its classification among insurance companies as a purely “cosmetic” procedure, abdominoplasty surgery has some very real health benefits for patients, especially those who are already healthy but struggle to target fat loss in the abdomen.
Tummy tuck surgery is a procedure aimed to removing excess skin and fatty tissue from the abdomen. While weight gain in the abdomen is quite common for many body types, it is also the most health-threatening. Carrying excess fat in the abdomen puts pressure on the back to support the weight of the upper body. Of more concern, excess abdominal fat has also been connected to inflammation and indirectly to disorders like high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and even some cancers. With abdominoplasty surgery, Dr. Oldham not only removes fat, but also sutures abdominal muscles back together as they tend to spread and weaken with abdominal weight gain. So, as you can see, there are cosmetic as well as health benefits to maintaining a contoured abdomen, as seen in these patients before and after tummy tuck/abdominoplasty surgery with Dr. Oldham.
Call our Bethesda office to schedule your personal abdominoplasty consultation with Dr. Oldham. You will be allotted significant time in his schedule to discuss the abdominoplasty procedure and meet with our patient counselor, Janet, to discuss cost and payment plan options.