Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a great option for those who have sagging skin or excess fat around their stomachs that diet and exercise have failed to improve. Whether it’s the result of aging, genetics, weight fluctuations, or pregnancy and childbirth, this excess fat and skin can have a negative effect on one’s appearance and self-esteem. A sleeker abdomen clearly has plenty of emotional and physical benefits—but did you know that a tummy tuck also has medical benefits? If you’re considering a tummy tuck, here’s what you should know about the procedure and how it can benefit you.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck is an operation that not only removes excess skin and fat but also tightens abdominal muscles. Full tummy tucks address the area between the ribs and the pubic area while mini tummy tucks are limited to the area below the navel. Tummy tucks usually begin with liposuction to remove extra fat; zones that are usually treated include the hips, waist and pubic area. Then an incision is made across the lower abdomen, generally from hip to hip and passing above the pubis. The abdominal apron is peeled up so the surgeon can tighten the abdominal muscles. Then the apron is pulled down, and excess skin and remaining excess fat are removed. Finally, the abdomen is stitched up to complete the surgery. In a full abdominoplasty, the belly button is brought out through a new opening and sutured into place.
After a tummy tuck procedure, patients experience abdominal discomfort and tightness for three to four weeks. During this time, they will be advised to wear a compression garment and should continue to wear it until their doctor tells them they can stop (usually about a month). Dr. Pugash finds that most of his patients can return to their normal schedules about a month after their procedure, though he advises them to refrain from any strenuous activity for six to eight weeks so their newly tightened abdominal muscles can heal. The majority of Dr. Pugash’s patients recover quickly from their surgery and do not experience any complications.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
If you are a non-smoker, are physically healthy, and are bothered by excess skin or fat around your abdomen, you could be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Those who have a significant amount of weight to lose, plan on becoming pregnant, are physically unhealthy, or who are taking certain medications might be advised to put off surgery or to consider a different procedure.
What are the Medical Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?
In addition to an improvement in appearance and a boost in self-confidence, a tummy tuck can also have positive effects on certain medical conditions as well. These benefits include:
Many of those who seek tummy tuck surgeries have weak abdominal muscles that can lead to what is known as sway back. When abdominal muscles are tightened, many patients notice their posture is significantly improved, which can lead to the relief of back, shoulder, and neck pain.
Increased Ability to Exercise
Excess skin and fat around the abdomen can make exercise uncomfortable or embarrassing. After a tummy tuck, many patients find they have a renewed ability and desire to exercise. This can help them keep weight off, and they will also benefit from the many health benefits of a regular exercise program.
Scheduling Your Tummy Tuck Consultation in Vancouver
Are you interested in the emotional, physical, and medical benefits of a tummy tuck? To see if you are a good candidate, schedule your consultation with Dr. Pugash today. He can explain the procedure in detail, find out if you are a good candidate, and answer any questions you may have about the procedure. Don’t let excess abdominal fat and skin prevent you from living a life you love! Talk to Dr. Pugash about a tummy tuck surgery and take the next step toward better overall well-being.