We all strive to look our best, yet sometimes, despite hard work, the body we want still isn’t ours. Pregnancy, hormones, and genetics all play a part in how our body looks and changes over time. But today, aging gracefully is achievable and more accessible than ever.
Many people turn to cosmetic surgery to sculpt the body they want, especially when their best efforts aren’t working. If sit-ups are not transforming your stomach or if you have extra flab or excess skin that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise, a tummy tuck might be the next step.
While fat reduction treatments are becoming popular, they simply won’t give you the dramatic effect and transformation of a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgery that removes extra fat and skin. It also flattens the abdomen and tightens muscles in the abdominal wall.
There are two types of procedures, a mini tummy tuck, and a full tummy tuck. Below we will explain each one and help you decide if you are an ideal candidate for this transformative surgery.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that flattens the look of the belly below the belly button. A single incision is made just above the pubic mound, and then your cosmetic surgeon will tighten loose muscles and remove excess skin to achieve a smooth and flat abdominal wall.
If you are mainly concerned with a “pooch” or loose skin and stretch marks below the belly button, a mini-tummy tuck may be a good option for you. The benefits of a mini-tummy tuck include a shorter, less involved procedure, a quicker recovery time, and a flat lower abdomen.
However, if your concerns extend above the belly button as well, you may need to consider a full tummy tuck.
Full Tummy Tuck
A full tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that reduces excess fat and skin from the waist. In most cases, it can also restore weak or separated muscles to create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. A horizontal or U-shaped incision is made above the pubic mound, then your cosmetic surgeon will remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. In some cases, a second incision is done around the navel to address excess skin above the belly button.
If you are concerned with roundness or excess skin folds above and below your belly button, a full tummy tuck may be right for you. The scar from a full tummy tuck will typically run from hip bone to hip bone, but can usually be hidden beneath a swimsuit bottom. Benefits of a full tummy tuck include a flatter, smoother abdomen, and the reduced appearance of stretch marks.
Best Candidates For a Tummy Tuck
Tummy tucks can help anyone whose body has undergone dramatic changes from weight loss or pregnancy. A tummy tuck is suitable for women and men who are in good health or those who were once obese and still have excess fat deposits or loose skin around the belly.
Women who have experienced one or several pregnancies may find this procedure helpful for tightening abdominal muscles and reducing loose skin.
Is A Tummy Tuck Right For You?
Before undergoing a tummy tuck, patients should consider whether they can achieve the results they want with diet and exercise or with a less invasive procedure. Some transformations, however, will only be attainable through a tummy tuck.
Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, your transformation can be impacted by significant fluctuations in weight. Individuals who are planning substantial weight loss, or women are considering future pregnancies are advised to postpone this procedure. During surgery, vertical muscles are tightened, and future pregnancies can separate those muscles.
It’s also important to remember that tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program for a flat stomach.
Are you considering a tummy tuck? The Marvel team can help you find the correct procedure for you. Every patient of ours is offered a complimentary consultation before they undergo any procedure.
Contact us today at 615-538-0399 to schedule your free consultation!