Dr. Braden Stridde: Kirkland, Washington

Bulging fat and loose skin on your stomach can be uncomfortable and make you feel unhealthy, even when you're not. Dr. Braden Stridde, a plastic surgeon in Kirkland, performs abdominoplasty to correct a variety of issues including excess fat, sagging skin, stretched out abdominal muscles, scars and stretch marks.

A tummy tuck can help you attain a more toned abdomen, but it's important to remember that the procedure is not a treatment for obesity. The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are those who have a body mass index (BMI) of 29 or less, are non-smokers (or are willing to quit before surgery), have stubborn fat deposits, sagging skin, or weakened muscles in the abdomen.

Abdominoplasty is often combined with a breast implants for a more dramatic transformation, often referred to as a Mommy Makeover. Abdominoplasty is also appropriate for women and men who have achieved significant weight loss. Dramatic weight loss can leave sagging skin that can only be corrected through surgery.

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