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4 Common Tummy Tuck Myths

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Friday, June 18th, 2021

by Liana M. Lugo, MD

A well-toned and flat abdomen is considered to be the epitome of a fit, healthy, and attractive figure. But whether due to weight fluctuations, genetics, childbearing, or lifestyle habits, achieving that smooth and slim stomach can feel impossible with so many factors actively working against you. A tummy tuck, known medically as an abdominoplasty, is a popular surgical aesthetic procedure that helps patients attain the otherwise unattainable by tightening the abdominal muscles and eliminating excess fat and skin for a more toned and sculpted stomach.

If you are bothered by the appearance of stretched skin, stubborn fatty deposits, or weakened muscles in the abdominal region, an abdominoplasty may be the perfect solution for getting the body you want.

If you considering a tummy tuck, here are four common myths you should know.

Myth #1 – Tummy tucks are a weight loss procedure:

One of the more common misconceptions regarding tummy tucks is that it is a surgery intended for those who would like to lose a substantial amount of weight from their midsection. However, a tummy tuck is not considered to be a weight loss procedure. In fact, the ideal candidate for tummy tuck surgery is someone who is at, or close to, a normal weight for their physique and who is otherwise active and healthy but is troubled by the appearance of a protruding abdomen or sagging, loose skin on their stomach.

That’s not to say that a tummy tuck won’t address excess fat within your abdominal region. Often times, liposuction will be utilized during your tummy tuck surgery to gently minimize stubborn zones of fat that have proven resistant to diet and exercise to improve the contours and tone of your midsection.

While your stomach will be flatter and slimmer after your abdominoplasty, it will not drastically lower the number you see on your scale. For this reason, if you are considering a tummy tuck you should be within a reasonable range of your goal weight before undergoing the procedure but will also need to have maintained a stable weight for at least six months. Any future significant weight fluctuations can start to reverse the results of your surgery.

Myth #2 – You can get tummy tuck results with diet and exercise:

When it comes to getting the slimmer and sleeker stomach you desire, diet and exercise are well-known as the most effective tools for losing weight, building muscle, and improving your overall health and wellness.

However, while each of us should incorporate eating right and exercising into our daily lives, traditional weight loss methods still have their limitations in terms of the results they can provide. No matter how much time or energy you put into these efforts, you cannot control where you will lose weight from and may still struggle with a stubborn belly even if you’ve hit your target weight. Additionally, there are some aesthetic concerns that working out and eating right simply cannot address alone. Excess or stretched abdominal skin, for example, can usually not be reversed or tightened without surgical intervention, especially when it is a result of pregnancy or massive weight loss.

Childbearing or significant weight fluctuations can also weaken the abdominal muscles and stretch the connective tissues known as the abdominal fascia, which only further exacerbates the appearance of a protruding belly. If your skin, abdominal wall, or fascia have become stretched, tummy tuck surgery is the only way to restore a taut and youthful abdomen.

Myth #3 – Tummy tucks are only for women:

Abdominoplasty has been an incredibly popular cosmetic option for women for years, in part due to the many irreversible changes to the midsection that accompany pregnancy and childbirth, such as stretched skin and abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck is frequently included in “mommy makeover” procedures, which refer to a combination of aesthetic surgeries performed concurrently to help women restore their pre-baby body and men to regain a leaner physique.

While men may not have to worry about the physical changes that women’s bodies endure from pregnancy, they are not necessarily immune from developing a “dad bod.” Heredity or significant weight loss can leave men with stubborn belly fat or loose skin that leaves them feeling self-conscious of their midsection. Whether you are male or female, tummy tuck surgery will tighten and tone the contours of your abdomen to allow clothes to fit better and restore a fit and youthful stomach you are thrilled to flaunt.

Myth #4 – You’re too old to get a tummy tuck:

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, age truly is just a number.  There is no wrong age to opt for a tummy tuck procedure, however, there are more critical factors that will be considered by your board-certified plastic surgeon when determining your candidacy for the procedure.

To be a good candidate for abdominoplasty, patients must be:

  • Physically healthy: You must be in good overall health before undergoing invasive surgery to prevent complications.
  • A nonsmoker: Smoking can inhibit the healing process or cause serious complications both during and after your tummy tuck surgery. If you do smoke, you will be asked to quit before and after your procedure.
  • Within a stable, healthy weight: Tummy tuck surgery is not intended for significant weight loss or for treating obesity.
  • Realistic with their expectations: While a tummy tuck will dramatically enhance the contours of your midsection with long-lasting results, no cosmetic surgery will stop the aging process or deliver perfection, or fully camouflage a larger core abdominal shape.

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make an appointment

to receive a customized treatment plan

enjoy a relaxing environment

during your treatment/procedure

Look & Feel Younger

because you deserve it

Next steps on your tummy tuck journey:

When you are ready to schedule your tummy tuck consultation, be sure to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon. Board-certified plastic surgeons undergo a rigorous training process and are vetted by their peers through both a written and oral board examination process. Each and every ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) member surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery, making them the most qualified plastic surgeons to perform your procedure. However, if what you desire is a board certified plastic surgeon with significant aesthetic surgery experience, then look for a surgeon who is a member of not only ASPS but a member of ASAPS as well. Belonging to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), for instance, is an indicator that your surgeon is board certified, has significant cosmetic surgery experience, and is staying updated on innovative medical practices.

If you’re ready to achieve your aesthetic goals, call us at (478) 743-2209 and get started with Central Georgia’s only board certified female plastic surgeon.

Spa Medical® is located in downtown Macon, Ga and offers surgical and non-surgical anti-aging procedures to help you look as young as you feel.

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