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Hello and welcome to the November edition of the SignatureForum Newsletter. Each month, we'll be discussing another popular aspect of personal aesthetics, from the latest in skin care, to new trends in home remodeling, to the most advanced forms of cosmetic surgery. This month, we're looking at one of the world's most highly regarded plastic surgery procedures, the Tummy Tuck.

In recent years, abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedures have consistently ranked as America's fourth most common form of plastic surgery, behind only liposuction, breast augmentation, and eyelid surgery. It's easy to understand why, too. There is simply no better method available today for treating loose or sagging skin in the abdomen area. That being said, there are still many issues to consider before determining if you're a good candidate for a tummy tuck, yourself. First and foremost, it's important to remember that a tummy tuck, in principle, is not considered a weight loss procedure.

Are You a Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Many patients will lose some weight as a positive side effect of the surgery, but an abdominoplasty is primarily concerned with tightening the skin and trimming inches in the process. This is why the treatment is particularly recommended for patients who have recently undergone substantial weight loss already, or those who have lingering “problem areas” in the stomach area and have had no luck with traditional dieting and exercise.

Many people who lose a great deal of weight, including post-pregnancy women and the Jared Fogels of the world, are surprised to find that getting rid of excess fat is only half the battle. Even liposuction patients sometimes find that a reduction of fat deposits can result in an increase in loose skin. This is where a tummy tuck can work wonders. Depending on the amount of excess skin involved, a plastic surgeon can perform a tummy tuck in one of three general types: the mini tummy tuck, the standard tummy tucks, and the extended tummy tuck. With all three methods, excess dermal and fat tissues are trimmed away, and remaining abdomen skin is repositioned and tightened to create a firm, contoured look. Obviously, the more extensive the surgery is, the greater the potential for scarring. In general, though, tummy tuck patients report a remarkably high satisfaction rate, helping to make the procedure one of the most proven and trusted types of cosmetic surgery, offered by board certified plastic surgeons from coast to coast.

As always, there is only one to way to know for sure if a tummy tuck is your best treatment option, and that's by scheduling a consultation with one or more plastic surgeons in your area. During a consultation, you can learn more about the procedure, and the doctor can help answer any questions you might have, including those concerning tummy tuck costs, recovery time, and possible risks. To schedule a consultation with a top surgeon near you, you can contact our helpful customer service team at SignatureForum today by filling out a short form or by calling 866-363-6434.

Also This Month…

There's always something exciting going down at SignatureForum or our sister websites. Customers interested in exploring laser hair removal will want to check out the fully redesigned, which includes boatloads of informative resources and direct contacts to hundreds of leading laser clinics across the country.

On the flip side, is a great destination for those considering the benefits of hair restoration or hair transplant surgery.

Finally, we encourage homeowners to check out another one of SignatureForum's lifestyle services sites, This month, SignatureContractors has a new feature with information on how home remodeling is helping people recoup large sums of money in the resale of their homes, even during a down economy.

Until Next Time…

From all of us at SignatureForum, have a great November and a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

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