Tummy Tuck Surgery: Is It Right for You?
Are you dieting and exercising, yet struggling to get rid for excess belly fat? If so, you're not alone.
Even with a healthy lifestyle, some find it impossible to get rid of embarrassing belly. However, there is a solution: tummy tuck surgery. This procedure can be extremely beneficial in reshaping your midsection; however, it doesn't benefit everyone. Learn more about it to find out if a tummy tuck is right for you.
How the Surgery Works
Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery that flattens and firms your abdominal area. To improve its appearance, your surgeon removes excess belly fat and skin, and then tightens muscles in the area.
Body fat removal, or liposuction, is sometimes performed along with this surgery to remove fat cells in other targeted areas, like your hips, buttock, and thighs.
Candidates for Tummy Tucks
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends this surgery for individuals who want to get rid of excess belly fat that is a result of pregnancy, aging, heredity, surgery, or major weight fluctuations.
Before getting a tummy tuck, you need to be at a stable weight, healthy, and a non-smoker. If you gain weight in the future, even during pregnancy, your belly can revert back to what is was. Also the fat removed from liposuction may be redistributed to other areas of your body.
Surgery and Recovery
According to Mayo Clinic, your tummy tuck surgery takes around three hours, during which you go under general anesthesia. Your surgeon removes excess skin and fat between your belly button and pubic hairs, and tightens your abdominal muscles. Also, your belly button is repositioned. To watch a real life tummy tuck procedure, click here. (Warning: This video is graphic in nature.)
Patients typically return home one to two days following the procedure. Your doctor will prescribe you medication to help deal with the pain. For six weeks there is swelling, but three months following the surgery you see the final results. Be aware that a surgical scar will remain beneath your bikini line.
Keeping the Fat Off
Sometimes you simply cannot get rid of extra skin and fat in your stomach area through diet and exercise, and surgery is the only option to achieve this. The tummy tuck is worth it if you truly want to flatten and firm your belly, and you're able to maintain your weight following surgery.
To manage your weight following the procedure and keep it consistent, follow a healthy diet plan. Eat six to eight servings each of vegetables and whole grains daily, with two to three servings each of low-fat dairy and proteins. Limit fats, oils, and sweets. Also, don't forget to exercise.