Thanks to the models on TV and in the magazines at the grocery store, flat stomachs and young looking skin are in. However, sometimes life happens. Not all of us have time to workout every day, and eating healthy isn’t always convenient. Whether you’ve recently become a mother, lost some weight, or if you’re just getting older, a tummy tuck may help you get your confidence back!
But first, what is a tummy tuck? Also known as a abdominoplasty, this procedure removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. Win-win!
While a tummy tuck can help with your appearance initially, it shouldn’t be a replacement for living a healthy lifestyle. Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight.
Also, a tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised, generally those treated areas below the belly button.
How Do You Know If It’s Right For You?
Tummy tuck surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.
Abdominoplasty is a good option for you if:
- You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
- You have realistic expectations
- You are a non-smoker
- You are bothered by the feeling that your tummy is too large
If this sounds like something you may be interested in, give us a call to schedule an appointment to discuss with Dr. Hoops. We would love to go over options that might be right for you.