Of all the cosmetic surgeries being requested today, the tummy tuck or abdominoplasty ranks fourth among them.
Around 150,000 people a year choose abdominoplasty, which is meant to tighten and tone your abdomen during a session that lasts between one and five hours.
When saggy skin and excess fat lead to alarming distress, a tummy tuck can give you improved contours and boosted self-esteem.
As if a flatter stomach and improved confidence weren’t enough, here are ten more life benefits you can receive by signing up for this amazing cosmetic procedure.
1- Removes Belly Fat
Age and pregnancy can make it more difficult to lose the last few pounds that will lead to flatter abs.
A tummy tuck can remove the extra padding on your abdomen so your tummy is flat just like it may have been when you were younger.
Without so much stomach fat to contend with, your silhouette will look more streamlined. You’ll have curves in all the right places, and you’ll feel much more self-assured while wearing garments like lingerie or exercise wear.
How much fat can you lose? While a tummy tuck should never be used as a weight-loss technique, it is possible to lose up to eleven pounds of stubborn belly fat.
A cosmetic surgeon will ensure you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck before recommending you for surgery. One of the requirements for surgery is being close to your ideal weight. That means you should be within five to ten pounds of your base weight for your height according to the BMI scale with excess fat on your abdomen you want to remove.
2- Corrects Abdominal Sag
Age, pregnancy, and extreme weight loss can all lead to a layer of excess skin that hangs from the abdomen. Yours may be minimal or it could be severe, in which case you could face other problems, such as rashes and fungal infections within the skin folds.
A tummy tuck doesn’t only remove annoying pockets of fat. The procedure also involves the removal of excess skin. It’s possible to lose up to two to five pounds of saggy skin with an abdominoplasty procedure.
As an added benefit, the tummy tuck also tightens the mons pubis, which is the area where that inverted pyramid of pubic hair tends to grow. If before you had a fat pad there, the tummy tuck can make the area flatter and more attractive. Tummy tuck surgery can even enhance the appearance of your butt and breasts.
For additional body sculpting benefits, ask your cosmetic surgeon about pairing your tummy tuck with aesthetic treatments like liposuction or HD liposuction.
3- A Solid Core
A little-known benefit of the tummy tuck is that it can give you greater core strength. You may not realize how much your core comes into play in all the things you do. Without a strong core, you face flexibility, mobility, and even comfort issues in the future. A tummy tuck can strengthen your core, which can add to your quality of life.
4- Hernia Protection
A hernia is caused by organs that poke through a weakened abdominal wall.
A tummy tuck can be paired with hernia surgery to eliminate two problems with a single surgical procedure. But it’s also possible to prevent future hernias with abdominoplasty. Having a stronger abdominal wall makes it less likely that hernias will form later in life.
5- May Eliminate Potty Accidents
Urinary stress incontinence (SUI) is a common and embarrassing problem. If you find yourself releasing urine every time you sneeze, cough, or exercise, you might know all about SUI.
A tummy tuck can eliminate SUI by giving you better bladder control. The abdominal wall acts as a support for many organs around your pelvis, including your bladder. Strengthening the abdominal wall fortifies the area around the bladder, letting you hold your urine more securely until it’s time to go.
6- Stand Up Straighter
Having good posture is important and standing with your spine aligned has many benefits. Not only is it excellent for self-esteem and health, but it also contributes to how you’re viewed by others.
A tummy tuck can improve your posture as a byproduct of giving you stronger and more durable abdominal muscles. With a more aligned spine and your shoulders back, you’re sure to experience improved mental outlook, health, and confidence.
7- Abdominal Tone
An abdomen covered with a padding of fat and saggy skin can appear dimpled, wrinkled, and misshapen. A tummy tuck removes all that tissue to give you a flatter tummy you won’t mind showing off. Whereas before you may have avoided certain clothing on account of your bigger belly, you’ll have more tone to the area after a tummy tuck.
You’ll still need to perform abdominal exercises to get a six-pack or to add definition to the area, but you won’t have all that excess fat and skin getting in the way.
If you’re worried about scarring after a tummy tuck, you’ll appreciate the fact that the incision made during surgery is hidden by underwear or swimwear. The incision is placed just above the pubic region, allowing you to keep your procedure secret.
8- Motivation to Improve
You may not feel like working out when you have excess body fat weighing you down. Saggy skin staring back at you in the mirror can also demotivate you from working out. Before you know it, what was intended to be a workout session turns out to be a Netflix session on the couch.
A tighter, stronger abdomen following a tummy tuck can make you look forward to exercising. Having a flat tummy may cause you to begin wondering what else is possible now that you’ve jumpstarted your body transformation.
To add to your motivation, you’ll find it easier to exercise than before. You won’t have all that tissue moving around and blocking your movements. This can further entice you to move your body. You might even find yourself trying more advanced workouts now that you look and feel so good.
If you worry about controlling your weight enough to preserve your tummy tuck effects, there’s more good news. The abdominoplasty procedure affects hunger and fullness hormones, making you feel less hungry and fuller faster after meals. This can further help you stay on course and keep your weight stable for long-term tummy tuck results.
9- Can Erase Stretch Marks!
Pregnancy, while one of life’s gifts, unfortunately, leads to stretch marks. If your stretch marks exist along the abdominal area where there is also excess skin and fat, your surgeon might be able to eradicate your “tiger stripes” entirely.
10- Remove an Insecurity
Even the most confident people among us have some part of themselves they’re unsure about. When you have physical insecurity, like saggy skin on the abdomen, a tummy tuck can give you a new lease on life. You may not realize how much your insecurities dictate the way you live your life.
After a tummy tuck, you may find yourself choosing a modern style of clothing you wouldn’t have considered before.
You might choose daring swimwear where before you wouldn’t have dared.
You might have newfound confidence to branch out into new social groups, or to try new activities.
A tummy tuck could open all new doors, especially if it’s paired with other procedures for a more complete transformation, such as making abdominoplasty part of a Mommy Makeover.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
To receive these stellar tummy tuck results, you need to qualify for cosmetic surgery first. You are considered a suitable candidate for abdominoplasty if you are in good physical health with a healthy, stable weight. If you smoke, consider quitting at least six months before your procedure to enhance healing and reduce the risk of complications.
You should also have realistic expectations for what a tummy tuck can give you, which is quite a lot. Better posture, a flatter tummy, and a boosted life quality? Who wouldn’t want to sign up for that? Just know that a tummy tuck cannot make your abdominal area resemble that of a singer, model, or movie star. That’s what is meant by having realistic expectations. Your abdomen will still be yours. It’ll just be made to look flatter and more attractive through surgery.
Find out if you are an excellent candidate for the tummy tuck procedure, which uses techniques like liposuction to give you excellent results and surging self-confidence, by contacting us at Moein Surgical Arts. We help men and women look their best from head to toe. Call us in Los Angeles, Encino, or Glendale to discuss the tummy tuck and what it can do for you – (310)694-4486.