Abdominoplasty, commonly called a “tummy tuck,” is a procedure that has become popular for improving the appearance and shape of the body. Women who have gone through several pregnancies often choose a tummy tuck to restore their previous muscle tone in the abdominal area. Both men and women who have lost a considerable amount of weight may require a tummy tuck to remove loose skin that does not respond to exercise. Many myths and misconceptions surround the procedure.
A Tummy Tuck Is An Easy Procedure
The fact is, a tummy tuck is major surgery that entails all the risks of other types of surgery. Proper preparation, skilled surgery and scrupulous aftercare can help to reduce the risks of something going wrong. It is a surgery that should not be taken lightly and should only be done on people who are in good general health. If the patient has other health problems, he or she may be required to follow additional precautions to avoid surgical problems.
You Won’t Need A Tummy Tuck If You Exercise
Unfortunately, exercise does not always tighten the skin of the abdomen effectively. Genetics determine the amount of underlying fat in the abdomen and the elasticity of the skin. If you have experienced a number of pregnancies or severe weight loss, your genetic makeup may still prevent your abdomen from becoming tighter. The best tummy tuck procedures remove this excess fat and loose skin to give you a sleeker, fitter appearance.
Tummy Tucks Are Only For Women
Though cosmetic surgery in general was more popular with women in the past, today’s men understand the value of looking younger and fitter for their career prospects and their social life. Men often develop fat deposits in the waist area from simple aging. They are now seeking out tummy tucks to restore their former appearance and give them greater confidence.
Tummy Tucks Help With Weight Loss
In truth, tummy tucks will not change your eating habits, your exercise regime or your metabolic rate. Tummy tucks will only improve the appearance of the abdomen. It is still your responsibility to watch what you eat and exercise regularly to maintain your new form
Tummy Tucks Get Rid of Stretch Marks
Unfortunately, tummy tucks are not magic. The removal of some of the abdominal tissue may also remove some stretch marks, but others that are on the abdomen will remain. In addition, a tummy tuck can leave a scar from the surgery. Our plastic surgeon, Mark Pinsky, MD, carefully positions incisions carefully to prevent visible scarring.