Many of us work out and eat right with the goal of attaining a defined waistline and flat, toned abdominals. After all the hard work you’ve put in, it can be disheartening to look in the mirror and still not see the results you want. The unwanted flab and sagging skin that stand between you and the sculpted midsection you’ve always dreamed of don’t care how many planks and crunches you do, or how diligently you diet.
Many people are genetically predisposed to accumulating hard-to-lose belly fat due to age and hormonal fluctuations, among other factors. If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight, you may still have uncomfortable skin laxity around your abdominal region. Women who have undergone one or more pregnancies also know what a struggle it can be to get their post-baby body back.
If you still have love handles, a muffin top, or a beer gut despite all your best efforts, what can you do? A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical option that can contour your midsection, help your clothes fit better, and give you the silhouette you’ve always wanted.
What Does an Abdominoplasty Entail?
A tummy tuck is a relatively straightforward cosmetic procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat and repositioning the abdominal muscles to a tighter position. Dr. Landis and his surgical team believe patients should have realistic expectations to enjoy the best results. That’s why we will educate you about the procedure and what you can look forward to once your recovery has progressed.
While a tummy tuck can remove some fat, you should be close to your ideal weight before undergoing surgery. To maintain your ideal outcome, you must also be willing to stay at or near your target body weight.
The Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck can have lasting changes in your self-esteem and quality of life, provided you commit to following a healthy lifestyle. The procedure has a remarkably high success rate, and the vast majority of patients are satisfied with the results many years later. A tummy tuck might be just what you need to finally overcome the last few issues that are holding you back from achieving your aesthetic goals. Consider these advantages of abdominoplasty surgery.
Reveal Your Abdominal Muscles
If you have been exercising for a long time, you probably have toned abs already, but you can’t see them because they are hiding under a layer of stubborn body fat. By trimming away excess flab, a tummy tuck will help make the results of your efforts more noticeable.
Get Rid of the Post-Baby Pooch
A common condition known as diastasis recti is a little-discussed post-pregnancy body issue. Because of this problem, a woman can still look pregnant months after giving birth. If you are still wearing your maternity clothes to hide your protruding belly, a tummy tuck can reverse this condition and improve your self-esteem.
Reduce Back Pain and Improve Posture
Weakened core muscles, which often occur after pregnancy or major weight loss, cause the back muscles to overcompensate, often leading to lower back pain. Because tummy tuck surgery tightens the abdominal muscles and helps strengthen your core, it can also improve your posture and reduce back pain.
Help Maintain Long-Term Weight Loss
Though abdominoplasty is not a weight-loss procedure, patients who get tummy tucks often feel more motivated to keep off extra pounds because they love their results.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
As you get older, life and life events will change your abdominal region. Many of those variables are entirely outside your control, no matter how many hours of work you put in at the gym. A tummy tuck provides an ideal option for patients who would like to safely sculpt their midsection and enhance their natural features.
If you are in good health, are a non-smoker, have achieved a stable body weight, and have no severe health complications, you will likely be an excellent candidate for this procedure. Women who plan to become pregnant should wait until after they are finished having children to have a tummy tuck. While the surgery does not affect the ability to get pregnant or carry a child to term, future pregnancies could adversely affect your abdominoplasty results by stretching the muscles and skin out of shape again.
Schedule a Tummy Tuck Consultation Today
If you are dreaming of defining your core and haven’t seen results through exercise and diet, reach out to us to make a tummy tuck appointment with Dr. Landis. We’re here to help with personalized care options and have decades of surgical expertise to ensure a good result.
Reveal your magic abs with a tummy tuck procedure today!