If you’re looking to get a flatter stomach and redefined abdominal area, then you may have been considering having a tummy tuck. Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is an elective surgical procedure that can help tighten and slim the abdominal area by removing excess skin. The goal of a tummy tuck is to contour the abdomen and create a toned, aesthetically pleasing look.
Having a tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure and results will depend on the amount of excess skin and the patient’s skin elasticity. It won’t make the tummy flat or solve all weight or body image issues, but it can help make it look better for people who want to tighten their abdominal area.
What are the Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Having a tummy tuck can have a number of cosmetic and physical benefits, including:
- Improved abdominal muscle tone – the abdominal muscles are sewn back together, which tightens and tones the abdominal area.
- Reduced excess skin – excess skin on the abdomen is removed, resulting in a more toned and defined look.
- Enhanced body image – with a flatter stomach, patients feel more confident about their body shape and image.
- Better fitting clothing – a slimmer abdominal area can dramatically improve how clothing fits and looks.
What Factors Influence the Cost of Tummy Tuck Surgery?
It goes without saying that tummy tuck surgery isn’t cheap. The cost of the surgery will vary depending on the surgeon’s expertise, your specific needs, and the region where you live. Generally, you’ll need to budget for a five-figure operation.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are those who are in good physical and mental health, have realistic expectations, and have managed to maintain a stable weight for at least six months before the surgery. Dr. Tholens, a board-certified plastic surgeon, recommends not attempting to use the procedure as a way to gain a completely flat abdomen.
Alternatives to Tummy Tuck Surgery
If you’re considering a tummy tuck, there are alternative fat removal techniques available, such as CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is a Cryolipolysis procedure which helps remove stubborn fat from areas such as arms, thighs, chins, or stomachs, by freezing fat cells and breaking them down. Depending on the treated area, results can take one to three months, although the effect may not be as dramatic as a tummy tuck.
Care After Tummy Tuck Surgery
Your doctor should provide you with instructions on how to look after your abdomen following tummy tuck surgery. This may include cleaning the area with warm water or saltwater, and it’s normal for the belly button area to be sensitive, so extra caution should be taken. It’s also important to wear your compression garment for the specified period for best results.
Diet and Exercise for a Flatter Stomach
Although diet and exercise can’t replace a tummy tuck, the two does go hand in hand for those looking to shape their abdominal area. If you’re trying to maintain a moderate weight, try and cut back on sugar and eat breakfast every day. Minimally processed foods such as fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins are also recommended.
In terms of exercise, strengthening and targeting the abdominal muscles and working the core three to four times a week are essential. Low impact exercises such as walking, running, cycling, and swimming are ideal for those just starting out. Studies have also shown that drinking unsweetened coffee or green tea can help with weight management.
A tummy tuck can be an effective way of getting a flatter stomach and a redefined abdominal area. However, there are factors that can affect the cost, and it’s important to maintain realistic expectations for the results. Alternatives such as coolsculpting are available, but for best results following surgery, it’s important to follow aftercare instructions and incorporate a healthy diet and exercise plan.