You’re unhappy with how your midsection looks, and you’re thinking of turning to plastic surgery to fix that. What you might be looking for is a tummy tuck.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a common term for an “abdominoplasty.” It’s a surgical procedure that involves tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin and fat from the area. It should result in a flatter, smoother and toned midsection.
There is also a mini tummy tuck — this is a smaller version of the procedure, only focusing on the part of the belly under the belly button. A full tummy tuck focuses above and below it.
What should you do if you’re thinking of getting one? If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, go to a world-class surgical clinic like GraceMed for a consultation. They have the best plastic surgery clinics in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington. During your surgical consultation, you can see whether you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck or whether you should consider a different cosmetic or non-surgical procedure.
Who Are Good Candidates for Tummy Tucks?
Technically, anyone who has problems with the way that their abdominal area looks could get a tummy tuck. But there are certain groups that can reap more benefits from the procedure.
People Who Have Undergone Massive Weight Loss:
One of the unexpected side effects that comes with massive weight loss is loose and saggy skin. This can look unappealing, and it can be very uncomfortable to live with. Your skin can chafe when you exercise. It can make your clothes fit strangely. If you have a lot of it, you can get exhausted by the weight of carrying it around.
The only way to get rid of a lot of excess skin is with surgery. A tummy tuck will remove loose skin around the abdomen, leaving the area smooth and toned.
Motherhood can drastically change the way that your body looks, especially your abdomen. You might find that your belly has loose skin, stubborn fat, stretchmarks, folds and scars long after giving birth. A tummy tuck can reverse some of these common side effects. It can also bring medical benefits to problems that come with motherhood, like poor bladder control. That’s right — a tummy tuck can reduce stress on urinary incontinence.
Women Who Don’t Want Children:
Pregnancy can undo the results of your tummy tuck. If you want your results to last, you should only go through with the surgery when you’re sure that you’re not going to have children. Otherwise, you might undermine the surgery and force yourself to undergo the procedure all over again.
The good news is that if you change your mind, a tummy tuck won’t complicate your pregnancy. It’s still safe to have children.
A tummy tuck is an invasive abdominal surgery. Naturally, it will take more than a day to recover from it. You do not have to stay in the hospital for your recovery, but you will have to take at least two weeks off work and the gym to heal. It could take six weeks or more to fully bounce back.
You will need to schedule multiple follow-up appointments with your surgeon to check on your progress. They will let you know when it’s safe to go back to your normal activities.
On the bright side, tummy tuck results are long-lasting. Once you’ve recovered, you can enjoy the outcome without needing upkeep or future surgeries.
A tummy tuck might not be the right procedure for you. That’s okay! There are other solutions, both surgical and non-surgical ones, that can help you improve your stomach area.
Liposuction removes stubborn body fat from areas like the thighs, the arms and the abdomen. Using a cannula (a stainless-steel tube), your surgeon will break up the fatty tissue and remove it from the area. If you’re hoping for a flatter stomach, they can extract the fat in and around your belly.
This is not a solution if you’re hoping to get rid of excess skin. Liposuction only removes fat — not skin. If anything, you would end up with more saggy skin after lipo because there will be less fat underneath the skin to smooth it out. Tummy tucks and body contouring treatments can help you address loose skin. If you’re still interested in liposuction, you should do one of the above skin removal treatments as well.
If going under the knife scares you, you should consider a non-invasive option like body contouring to get the look that you want. Body contouring procedures can tighten skin, reduce fat and even build muscle. You can try treatments like Emsculpt, Vanquish, Exilis and Cellutone for this.
You don’t have to dislike your midsection forever. You can get a tummy tuck and finally have the smooth, toned stomach that you’ve been dreaming of.