Tuck in that Tummy
Now that the weather is getting warmer and the layers are coming off, many of us have to face certain problem areas that were easier to hide in the winter. The abdominal area is particularly difficult because a healthy diet and exercise doesn’t necessarily equal a flat stomach. This fact has not escaped Americans across the country who are battling extra skin and fat around their waistline. According to ASAPS statistics in 2011, almost 150,000 tummy tucks were performed, making it the third most popular surgical procedure.
The best candidates for tummy tucks are those who have:
- excess or sagging skin
- a protruding abdomen that is disproportionate to the rest of your body
- abdominal muscles that have been separated or weakened
- excess fatty tissue that is concentrated in your abdomen
Doctors recommend losing as much weight as possible before a tummy tuck to get the best results. While the surgery usually requires a horizontal incision and resulting scar in the bikini line, it can usually be concealed by most bathing suits and underwear. Recovery time varies from person to person, but it generally takes anywhere between one to three weeks to get back on your feet. It is recommended that a family member or friend look after you during the days following surgery.
At the end, your stomach will be firmer, flatter and clothes should fit better and more comfortably. Instead of punching extra holes in the belt or wearing elastic waistbands, you might be shopping for a new wardrobe and gaining confidence in your appearance after surgery. For more info, click here.
The 94% worth it rating on realself.com speaks for itself – patient satisfaction is high and complications are low. Many patients give a realistic account of recovery times and expectations on the website and even share pictures. It’s not a walk in the park, but most are happy with their results and give their board-certified plastic surgeons rave reviews.
The best ways to get optimal results are to follow pre- and postoperative instructions, give a full medical history and choose a board-certified plastic surgeon. It is crucial to communicate with your surgeon and give full disclosure at all times. When it comes to any surgical procedure, it’s important to do the research, have realistic expectations and follow up with your doctor’s office.