Summertime is midriff time, swim time, and tummy tuck time. “It’s the time of year many dread as they look for swimsuits that will somehow conceal the middle section they desire to hide,” says Dr. Ramsey Choucair of Dallas TX.
During winter months, hiding a middle is as easy as a pea coat over a thick sweater. In the summertime, the truth comes over the sides of your swimsuit. A tummy tuck or also known as an abdominoplasty may just be your answer.
An abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck as it is more commonly known, is a cosmetic surgery procedure for those wishing to improve the look and feel of their abdominal area. The procedure tightens the muscles and removes loose skin and fat from the abdomen so that it appears flat and toned. Mostly associated with the very popular “mommy makeover” procedure that allows women to restore their figures after pregnancy, abdominoplasty is also used to help patients that have undergone extreme weight loss in a short period of time. After extreme weight loss or multiple pregnancies, stomach muscles can become distended, and diet and exercise alone cannot help. A tummy tuck surgically tightens weak muscles, while removing excess skin and fat, to flatten the abdomen.
While liposuction could be a choice for those whose abdominal muscles were not excessively stretched out of shape for pregnancy, a tummy tuck can help with the loose muscles and a large amount of loose abdominal skin. A tummy tuck also surgically removes skin with severe stretch marks, which a liposuction is not able to help correct.
If you are considering a tummy tuck, you want to understand the many benefits of the procedure including tighter abdominal muscles, your clothes will fit better, and you’ll feel good about seeing your figure in the mirror once again. “The procedure is a wonderful gift to yourself after achieving your weight loss goals or after your childbearing days are over,” states Dr. Choucair.
Tummy Tuck – Five Key Things to Know:
- There are several options when choosing a tummy tuck procedure. A mini-tummy tuck focuses on the lower abdomen to tighten loose skin. The standard procedure removes excess skin and tightens underlying muscles, while the extended tummy tuck targets your entire lower torso. Your board certified plastic surgeon can help you decide which procedure will help you reach your goals.
- Your recovery time may last several weeks. A tummy tuck is an extensive procedure that requires more recovery time than many other cosmetic surgeries. Depending on the extent of the surgery you undergo, you may need assistance at home for up to five days. You’ll be on pain medication for a while and need to rest while your body recovers.
- Tummy tucks are for men, too. Though tummy tucks are popular with women who have had multiple pregnancies, they are also offered for those who have lost a significant amount of weight. Men can also suffer from loose muscles and sagging skin that isn’t improved by exercise or diet—it’s not just a girl thing!
- A tummy tuck is not a weight loss measure. You should lose weight and regain your health first. Do not rely on the surgery to resolve any long-standing weight loss issues. If you’ve already lost a dramatic amount of weight, congratulations! It is recommended to postpone an abdominoplasty for six months up to a year; to be sure your new weight is stable.
- The results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent. But to maintain your results over time, you should avoid big fluctuations in your weight. An encouraging January 2013 report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons stated that many subjects in a post-abdominoplasty study sustained long-lasting weight loss after the procedure.
Dr. Ramsey Choucair, is a Dallas, Texas Plastic Surgeon, and Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Choucair is a recognized surgeon in facial burn reconstruction having completed a fellowship at Shriners Burn Institute in Boston. As a Faculty Member at the Harvard School of Medicine for seven years and an Assistant Clinical Professor of surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Dr. Choucair brings a new level to Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery to Dallas Texas.