Tummy Tuck: The Best Way to Tighten Your Stomach

It’s no secret that everybody wants a tighter, firmer midsection (there is a reason the tummy tuck has remained in the top five plastic surgery procedures for years). But contrary to popular fitness myths, there is no way to spot reduce fat anywhere on your body—especially your stomach. Though healthy eating habits and exercise can help lower your overall body fat percentage, no diet or core workout will remove fat from a specific area of the body.

The tummy tuck was created to helps individuals who are struggling with their body image and wish to tighten their stomachs. It is said to be the best way to tone your body because it caters to what the patients truly want and providing them with ultimate perfection. But what is a tummy tuck, exactly?

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a procedure to tighten the stomach by permanently stretching out the skin. It will remove the excess skin and fat to have a firmer appearance. It also helps improve the waistline and hips to create a curvier body frame. A tummy tuck involves only two incisions made in the lower abdominal, and the muscles will be replaced along with eliminating any excess skin or fat. The recovery time can take up to 3-4 weeks, but small movement and lifting are encouraged throughout the process.

It is likely that patients struggle to lose weight in their abdominal area even when dieting and/or working out. Other reasons for expressing interest in the tummy tuck are; aging, pregnancy, heredity, major fluctuations in weight, or prior surgery. It is very popular for women who had just given birth to consider a tummy tuck. Even with normal body weight and proportion, it is still likely to obtain loose and sagging fat around the abdominal area.

Health and Wellness Benefits

Most patients are unaware that the tummy tuck also provides many health benefits to their bodies. As mentioned, the procedure removes excess skin and scar tissue and reshapes the figure. Besides regaining the self-confidence after a tummy tuck, it also includes health benefits such as:

1. Hernia Correction

A hernia is when an organ pushes through an abdominal opening. This causes great pain for the individual. It is more likely for women who had a C-section for childbirth to undergo a hernia. Typically, surgeons would encourage a tummy tuck to lower the chances of a hernia, because they are repositioning the muscles.

2. Improves Abdominal Tone and Posture

Due to muscle repositioning, patients will find their posture has improved.  By tightening the muscles and pulling them closer together, this will create a toner look when recovered after the surgery.

3. Easier Weight Loss Maintenance and Management

This weight-loss treatment will take about 5 hours, whereas losing weight by working out would take at least 5 months. It is a faster way to lose weight.

4. Reduces Stress Urinary Incontinence

Typically, it is more common for women who have given a natural birth will have more vulnerability to stress urinary incontinence. During a tummy tuck, the surgeon has the ability to reduce this condition by adding soft tissue to the needed areas.

Determining if You’re a Good Candidate

To determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure, one must be physically healthy and able to be at a stable weight. Besides wishing for a change in the appearance of your stomach, you must have realistic expectations for the surgery. It is possible for patients to want a certain image of themselves that is not healthy for their bodies. Candidates must also be a non-smoker to avoid any complications. Board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Gordon Kaplan believes patients “should do it for themselves, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.”

There can be multiple reasons for someone to see problems with their body image. Usually, it is for reasons they can’t control. Sometimes working out and/or dieting doesn’t work in your favor. A tummy tuck procedure is the best way to get a younger-looking, tighter stomach. The tummy tuck provides medical benefits as well as social and emotional advantages that will ultimately lead to a happier life.