Medical Profiles: Mark Jensen, M.D. Plastic Surgery

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Revere Health  1175 E. 50 S., #171, American Fork • (801) 418-0904  markjensenmd.com

There are a number of reasons why patients choose to have an abdominoplasty. For many women, pregnancy has led to stretched out muscles and excess skin. Some of these changes can be mitigated by diet and exercise, but for many, the changes in the abdominal wall are permanent. The connective tissue layer that holds the muscles together can be stretched out, making it difficult for the abdominal wall muscles to function properly. Skin excess can overhang, causing embarrassment and difficulty fitting into clothing. The skin itself can become stretched so far that it looses elasticity. Skin without elasticity is like a rubber-band that has lost its spring. Regardless of exercise, the skin will not spring back and tighten around the abdomen.

   Another common condition that can lead to stretched out skin is repetitive or massive weight gain and loss. For patients who have finally gained control of their weight, the excess skin can be discouraging. Aprons of extra fat and skin can hang down from the abdomen making exercise difficult.

   Some patients may have only a minimal amount of extra skin after weight loss or pregnancy, but the stretched out fascia gives the abdomen a protuberance that makes it appear pregnant. Genetic predisposition can dictate the distribution of fat in individuals. For some patients this makes losing fat in the abdomen extremely difficult.

   These conditions can be treated with an abdominoplasty.

    Abdominoplasty is not a one-size-fits-all type of procedure. The condition of the abdominal fascia, skin and adiposity are considered during a consultation. The abdominoplasty procedure is then tailored to the individual. Procedures can range in severity, from the most simple skin excision to full abdominoplasty with abdominal and flank liposuction and repair of fascia. Some patients may require muscle repair without anything else. Frequently, umbilical hernia repair is performed at the same time. Other additional procedures, such as breast augmentation or lift are considered on an individual basis, depending on the patient’s preferences and duration of the procedure.

   The choice to have surgery is an individual one, based on specific needs. To learn more about your surgical options, set up a consultation with Dr. Jensen. Come see why he has been voted “No. 1 Plastic Surgeon” for many years.

Medical Tip: With good eating and exercise habits, the benefits of a tummy tuck can last for many years. Patients love the benefits from a tummy tuck including improved posture, tightened core muscles and a trimmer waistline.

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Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett is an editor and writer with Bennett Communications. His primary responsibilities are with Utah Valley Magazine and the company's custom publications division. He's the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Adria, for 19 years. Contact Greg at greg.utahvalley360@gmail.com.

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