The female body naturally changes with age. Factors such as weight fluctuations, aging, pregnancy, and childbirth all have their effects on a woman’s body. And although some lifestyle habits can help slow down this process, it is a natural process of life.
Many women try exercise, dieting, and reducing their food intake – but they do not see any noticeable improvements in their bodies. This is understandably frustrating, especially if they’ve been doing their best for a very long time.
This is just one of the limitations of the human body. And one of the most common problem areas in a woman’s body is her abdominal area. Fortunately, the changes around the belly are not irreversible, because, with a tummy tuck, they can remove the excess skin and fat from this area in a safe, minimally-invasive manner.
Common Reasons Why Women Get a Tummy Tuck
Although important for everyone’s overall health, a proper diet and regular exercise cannot solve all physical problems. With a tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, women can address specific problems in their abdominal area, reshape their tummy, and in some cases remove stretch-marked skin, as well as the sagging loose skin. Here are some of the most common reasons women get a tummy tuck procedure:
A bulging stomach can make you feel embarrassed in any situation. A tummy tuck targets stubborn fat in the area for you to feel more positive about your body image. At Midwest Breast & Aesthetic Center, we include liposuction as part of our tummy tuck procedure. By removing the fats through liposuction, patients can expect a much better result with a well-toned, less fatty abdomen.
Excess skin removal
No amount of exercise can restore the elasticity of the skin on the abdomen when it has been stretched by drastic weight loss and wearing a waistband to conceal loose skin can be a daily inconvenience. A tummy tuck can provide surgical relief by removing the excess skin around the abdomen.
Pregnancy and childbirth commonly result in damages to the abdominal muscles. In fact, two-thirds of pregnant women have a “pooch” or diastasis recti—the widening of the space between the sides of their abdominal muscles. Even if the body has the amazing ability to heal itself, the abdominal muscles, however, are incapable of repairing themselves.
Women who have had a Cesarean delivery will especially benefit from a tummy tuck as it can remove the existing scars around the midsection. A tummy tuck is also a recommended procedure to limit the visibility of scars from accidents, as well as those left by surgeries such as appendectomy.
Repair a hernia
A common sign of a hernia is a visible bulge in the affected area—usually in the abdomen. A hernia can be repaired through a tummy tuck as it is not usually life-threatening.
What to Expect From Your Tummy Tuck Results
A tummy tuck is a complete solution to solving multiple concerns around the abdomen such as excess skin and fat, loose and sagging muscles, and noticeable scars. However, it also has its own limitations. While it can give you the appearance of a flat stomach, it will not give a prominent six-pack. After recovery, you will need to build those abs through crunches and other exercises to achieve that look.
It can also effectively help you regain your slimmer body by removing the excess fat. However, a tummy tuck cannot prevent weight gain later on. This is why this procedure is only performed once patients are at their ideal weight or at a manageable weight, as the final results of the procedure may be affected by significant weight gain in the future. So, it is very important that you continually lead an active lifestyle after the procedure.
A tummy tuck can only do so much for your skin. A tummy tuck does tighten the skin around your abdomen, but not all sagging areas can be safely removed. The same is true for stretch marks, as the tummy tuck can only affect the area of the incision – usually below the belly button.
How to Maintain Your Tummy Tuck Results
While a tummy tuck can help you achieve your dream physique, there are ways to help you maintain the results of the procedure. Luckily, it just so happens that you have already been doing these things as a tummy tuck can only be a jumpstart towards your body goals. Some ways you can maintain your tummy tuck results include:
Taking exercise seriously
Cardio exercises like swimming, biking, and running can surely benefit your heart and lungs, as well as maintain your current body physique. Exercise can also improve your circulation which helps lengthen your recovery time.
Monitoring your eating habits
Control the portions of your everyday meals to help you reach a stable weight. Include healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables in your diet, and avoid or minimize those that are full of preservatives.
Timing your tummy tuck
The ideal timing for a tummy tuck is when the patient is already done with having kids as pregnancy will reverse the tummy tuck results. For patients who have just had kids, we advise waiting 6-12 months since the abdominal wall is at its most lax.
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?
A tummy tuck procedure does a lot of wonders all at once, such as flattening your abdomen, tightening your muscles, and smoothing your skin. However, it is very important to maintain these improvements by living a healthy lifestyle with a proper diet and regular exercise to keep the excess fats at bay. It is important that you continuously take care of yourself.
If you are striving for a toned silhouette, a tummy tuck may be the best option for you. Dr. Tiwari, Dr. Kale, and I can perform several types of tummy tuck surgery. Schedule a consultation with us to find out which method is best for you.