A Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure used to remove loose skin and excess fat from the lower abdomen caused by weight gain or loss and pregnancy. It is a surgical procedure that combines excision of the tissue with liposuction.
Tummy Tuck: Not Subject to FDA Approval
There are several types of abdominoplasty. The procedure itself is not regulated by the U.S. Federal Drug administration. The FDA only has the authority to approve and oversee the use of medical equipment and medication. The FDA regulates the implements that will be used in your surgery and the medications that will be administered and dispensed to you.
The FDA will approve a device if it is proven that the device is reasonably safe and effective for the indicated use or procedure. After the initial approval of a particular device, the approval process may be quicker and easier for later devices of a similar nature.
The regulation of cosmetic surgery and surgeons differs in each state of the U.S. However, there is a standard by which you can screen your surgeon. You can contact the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to find out if your doctor is a member. Additionally, make sure your doctor is board certified in his or her specialty area.