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Are sit-ups just not giving you the taut tummy you desire?
If you’ve got a little too much flab or excess skin in your abdomen that won’t diminish with diet or exercise, you may want to consider an Abdominoplasty, popularly referred to as a Tummy Tuck.
Abdominoplasty or Tummy-Tuck surgery, can flatten your abdomen by removing loose, excess fat and skin and tightening muscles in the abdominal wall. It can also remove some if not all of the stretch marks in your lower abdomen. It is popular following pregnancy, massive weight loss or whenever a flabby abdomen with weak muscles impairs body contour.
Abdominoplasty is performed alone, in other cases it is used with plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, breast reduction, or Liposuction.
Having The Perfect Body Doesn’t Necessary Mean The Perfect Abdomen
Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:
- Prior Surgery
- Significant Fluctuations In Weight
What a Tummy-Tuck Won't Do
A Tummy Tuck
Is Not A Substitute
For Weight Loss Or An Appropriate Exercise Program
Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies would be advised to postpone a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.
Who Should Consider Abdominoplasty?
- If The Shape of Your Abdomen Has Been Affected by Pregnancy or Massive Weight Loss
- If You Have a Flab, Stretch Marks (Located in Certain Areas) or Excess Skin in Your Abdomen That Does Not Improve with Diet or Exercise
- If You Feel That Your Protruding Abdomen is Unattractive
- If your Self-Confidence is Marred by Your Stomach Contour
Who Should Not Consider The Surgery?
If you’re a woman who is still planning to have children, you may want to postpone a tummy tuck until you’re through bearing children. During surgery, your vertical muscles are tightened. Future pregnancies can separate these muscles and cause a hernia.
If you are still planning to lose a lot of weight? Then you do not want to consider a tummy tuck until your weight has stabilized.
Advantages of Abdominoplasty
- It Restores The Flat Tummy
- Gives a Better Look in Clothes & Swimwear
- Gives a More Youthful-Looking Body
Disadvantages of Abdominoplasty
- A Scar That Resembles The C-Section Scar
(Located in The Bikini Area)
- Getting Pregnant After The Procedure Will Compromise Results
(It is Best To Wait Until You No Longer Want Additional Children)
- Weight Gain Following Abdominoplasty May Negatively Affect Your Surgery Results
A Tummy Tuck should not be confused with a liposuction (the cosmetic surgery used to remove fat deposits), although your surgeon may elect to perform liposuction as part of a tummy tuck.
Women who have muscles and skin stretched by multiple pregnancies may find the procedure useful to tighten those muscles and reduce that skin.
A Tummy Tuck is also an alternative for men or women who were obese at one point in their lives, and still have excessive fat deposits or loose skin in the abdominal area.