As we age, our skin loses elasticity. It’s not quite as good at bouncing back as it once was. This can be especially challenging when life throws a few curveballs your way. Sometimes these curveballs can come in the form of a change in your weight. Sometimes that change in weight can come in the form of a pregnancy. In fact, your body will likely go through many transitions during your life, and it can be difficult to keep your tummy looking in tip-top shape. That’s mostly due to excess skin—that skin you get when your body stretches out and then can’t stretch back.
No matter how much diet and exercise you do, you won’t be able to get rid of that excess skin. Having those lines and folds around the belly can make many people feel self-conscious about their bodies. The solution to this problem is an incredibly popular procedure called the Tummy Tuck. Generally, during a tummy tuck procedure, the excess skin will be removed, the abdomen will be given some additional structure, and the remainder of your skin will be pulled smooth over the contours of your belly. In other words, a tummy tuck can make your belly area look more youthful and more fit.
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A tummy tuck, known medically as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure that, essentially, removes excess skin from the belly area. Tummy tucks are almost always performed in a hospital or surgical suite setting and under general anesthesia. During the procedure, the plastic surgeon will, in most cases, remove a “ring” of excess tissue around the belly. The surgeon may also use internal sutures to give the abdominal muscles a little bit of added rigidity and structure (the abdominal muscles are often stretched out and weakened by events such as pregnancy).
The surgeon will then connect the two sections of skin, making sure that the overall look is smooth and youthful, making special allowances and plans for the belly button. Tummy tuck surgeries can actually be relatively painful, so sometimes a device known as a pain pump, which slowly administers a numbing agent, is left inserted and removed later. Other times, patients may be given an injection of a slow-acting numbing agent to help them get through the post-operative pain. The scars from tummy tuck surgery are usually hidden beneath a standard bikini line, allowing patients the ability to show off the results of their surgery.
Tummy tuck surgery comes with several concrete benefits. First and foremost, there’s the new look of your abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery is able to make the belly area look slim and youthful in ways that diet and exercise simply cannot. In fact, tummy tuck surgery is often coupled with liposuction surgery in order to achieve the best possible effects. Patients who have undergone a tummy tuck procedure often report an increase in quality of life, usually attributed to a boost in confidence and self-esteem.
It will take a few months for swelling to subside to the point where you can really appreciate the results. But tummy tuck surgery is popular for a reason. For women who have been through a pregnancy, child birth or, more broadly, parenting, a tummy tuck can restore a much more youthful look. In many ways, it can feel as though the clock has been turned back—as though you have the body of your younger self.
Other benefits can include:
And, of course, the list goes on.
If you are interested in tummy tuck procedures, the first step is talking to your cosmetic or plastic surgeon to ensure you are a good candidate. These discussions will encompass your desired results as well as the best way to achieve them. To get started on transforming your tummy area—and contouring your body to your liking—contact a highly qualified plastic surgeon today.
Full recovery from a tummy tuck procedure can take up to eighteen months.
Most patients can return to work or light normal activity after a couple of weeks.
In the year of 2014, there were over 117,000 tummy tucks performed in the United States.