Many people mistakenly think tummy tucks are only for people who have had children. But nothing could be further from the truth. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can benefit a wide variety of both men and women, including those who have lost weight or simply have a sagging or protruding belly due to heredity.
How the tummy affects appearance
The abdomen is one of the most noticeable body features. Having a round or large belly that’s out of proportion with the rest of your body can make your figure look less attractive. On women, a large belly may make their breasts look smaller in comparison, and can give them the unpopular “apple-shaped” appearance. On men, a larger belly is often called a “beer belly,” although many men who have this feature didn’t get it by drinking alcohol. In anyone with a larger or sagging tummy, you can get the dreaded “muffin top,” making you look heavier than you are.
When lifestyle changes won’t fix the tummy
Sit-ups, special ab machines, and strict diets may still leave a bulging or sagging belly behind. This can be frustrating when you feel like you’ve worked hard to trim your middle. That’s one of the reasons why a tummy tuck is so popular. It can have a profound effect on your appearance when you’ve tried everything to get a slimmer, tighter waistline. For many people, it can finally give them back their self-confidence.
Deciding to get a tummy tuck
A tummy tuck is a big decision, so if you’re wondering if it’s right for you, talk with a skilled cosmetic surgeon about the benefits and risks. You’ll want to find out what kind of anesthesia is used, what’s the downtime, and what results will be realistic for you. Make sure you discuss recovery and when you can go back to normal activities. Ask to see the surgeon’s before and after photos so you can be confident in their expertise.
Is a tummy tuck right for me?
Good candidates for tummy tuck surgery are usually in good health, with no chronic conditions that would impair healing. They are also at a stable weight. If you’re planning to get pregnant in the future, this should be discussed in the consultation as well.
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen, a tummy tuck could be your solution. If you’d like to find out more about abdominoplasty, download a free copy of our e-book, A patient’s guide to tummy tuck surgery.
GLOW Surgical Arts offers a variety of cosmetic surgery and minimally invasive procedures to help you look and feel more attractive. Request a free consultation online, or call GLOW Surgical Arts at (650) 241-2209.