Between diminished skin elasticity and loss of muscle tone, it’s difficult to get motivated and even if we are motivated, exercise can do nothing for stubborn fat and the loose and flabby skin you’re left with? Though we all try, it’s impossible at times to eliminate this issue with exercise and diet alone.
The lasting effect of pregnancy and substantial weight gain can separate the abdominal muscles causing “diastasis recti” and sagging skin. Unfortunately, no amount of sit-ups, exercise, and low-carb dieting can repair your abdominal muscles. As you age, weight gathers around your midsection and before you know it the ratio of fat to lean tissue shifts. Stubborn fat storages begin to favor the upper body, rather than the hips and thighs, and aging skin decreases in volume and elasticity.
So what’s the answer for you?
Abdominal liposuction may seem like a simple alternative to having a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), but the reality is that when the abdominal muscles have been separated, liposuction alone does not tighten the abdominal muscles or the skin. The removal of abdominal fat with liposuction by itself may actually cause the appearance of the skin to look worse than it did prior to undergoing the procedure. Resulting with skin appearing more loose, saggy, and wrinkled around your abdomen.
However, a tummy tuck commonly combines contouring liposuction to eliminate the excess fat of the abdomen, love handles and hips along with the repair of the abdominal muscles by pulling them together and stitching them back into place with permanent sutures. After the abdominal muscles have been brought back together again, the skin is stretched and tightened over the abdominal muscles and the excess skin of the lower abdomen is removed. The abdominal incision is then closed. The belly button is also re-done into a more aesthetically pleasing shape during a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck takes around 3 hours and is performed under anesthesia. Full recovery typically takes 2-6 weeks.
The picture demonstrates the dramatic changes that a tummy tuck can create. In the picture on the left, the patient’s photo shows the typical appearance after pregnancy: a protuberant abdomen with excess fat and skin. The patient is seen several months after tummy tuck on the right. Her incision is hidden in the bikini line. Her tummy is flat and beautiful!
Are you a candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
You may decide that having a tummy tuck is the right choice for you. The optimal candidates for the procedure are those who:
- Are healthy and don’t smoke
- Are finished having children
- Have a bulging upper or lower abdomen
- Do not intend to lose a lot of weight following the procedure
- Have loose skin or stubborn excess fat that is cannot be diminished
If you’ve decided that a tummy tuck is your best option and you want to learn more, the next step is finding the right surgeon to do the job! Scheduling a consultation today with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon you feel comfortable with and get the results you deserve before swimsuit season begins again!
Schedule your appointment with Arlington Plastic Surgeon Dr. Anthony Nakamura.
Dr. Y. Anthony Nakamura is an Arlington Plastic Surgeon Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Nakamura is Medical Director of Accent on You. With over 25 years of plastic surgery knowledge, Dr. Nakamura takes a personal approach to every patient while continuing to provide excellent care. Named Top10MD in 2015 an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeed within the United States. To schedule your appointment contact Dr. Nakamura at 817-417-7200.