Pregnancy, weight loss, aging. So many things can cause stretched out muscles, loose, sagging skin, and excess fat deposits that lead to your stomach looking less than its best and leave you feeling self-conscious. You don’t want to be the only one sitting in a beach chair, embarrassed to take off your coverup, while everyone else is playing in the waves!
You can get the flat, taut stomach you’ve been looking for with a tummy tuck procedure. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) restores your abdomen by removing excess skin and tissue and tightening muscles, returning your midsection to its youthful state.
Tummy tucks are very popular. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons report, they’re one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. Over 125,000 tummy tucks are performed each year, and that number appears to be increasing.
Even though tummy tucks are popular, you may not know everything about them. Read on for three things you may not know about tummy tucks.
1. Men Can Be Tummy Tuck Candidates, Too
When you think of the typical tummy tuck patient, you probably think of a woman. However, men can benefit from tummy tucks, too! Excess, droopy skin can collect around a man’s midsection due to weight loss and age. A tummy tuck surgery can return youthful sleekness to a man’s stomach, just like it can to a woman’s.
2. A Tummy Tuck Can be Combined with Other Procedures
In order to achieve the best results, every tummy tuck is customized to each individual patient. You can add liposuction to your tummy tuck to help you achieve the flattest stomach possible. This allows for further sculpting of your waistline by removing those stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Your midsection will be smooth, defined, and slim.
If you have had a child and want to get back to your pre-baby body, you may be interested in a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures that usually includes a tummy tuck. During pregnancy, the abdominal “six-pack” muscles separate, resulting in diastasis recti. This makes your stomach protrude, no matter how many sit-ups you do! A tummy tuck repairs those muscles, bringing them together for a flatter, younger look. It’s common for mommy makeovers to include an abdominoplasty as well as a breast surgery, like a breast lift or augmentation.
3. A Mini Tummy Tuck May Be Right For You
If you’re concerned about your lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck may be right for you. While a full tummy tuck targets the middle and lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck focuses on the area below the belly button. It’s a great way to correct “stomach pooch.” A mini tummy tuck is recommended for those who don’t need abdominal muscle repair. Because it’s less extensive, a mini tummy tuck has a shorter, less involved recovery period.