The Tummy Tuck: What is It?
There are many body slimming procedures and medicines out on the market today but few work with lasting results. The tummy tuck is one of those options with lasting results and Dr. Wallace offers top quality services in this field. But what is a tummy tuck? Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating a stomach profile that is smoother and firmer. There are many reasons why people receive a tummy tuck procedure but the most common causes are aging, hereditary problems, post-pregnancy belly, and significant fluctuations in weight. These significant fluctuations in weight causes the skin to become very elastic which can be unsightly whether it be at a back-yard BBQ or at the beach with friends.
Are there any benefits other than visual?
Yes! To many people’s surprise, aside from the physical benefits from a tummy tuck, there are also many health benefits as well. Weight loss or pregnancies can cause stomach muscles to become extremely weak. Tummy tuck surgery can help tighten those loose muscles and remove excess skin to flatten the tummy. This removing of excess skin and fat will overall help with posture and emotional well-being. The tightening of muscles from the procedure can assist support of the spine and lower the risk of back pain over time. Having better posture and lower risk of back pain has been proven to improve self-confidence.
What are the eligible body types?
There is no magic weight to reach prior to proceeding with the tummy tuck surgery. Ideally the patient should be at a “stable weight” at which point they do not expect significant fluctuation of weight after surgery. Significant further weight loss after surgery may lead to physical changes that will necessitate additional surgery to correct. If possible, speak to patients who have undergone similar procedures and query them about the toughest times of their recovery period. Any practical hints previous patients can provide may be very helpful.
If you are interested in undergoing a tummy tuck procedure, you should contact Dr. Wallace at this number: 972-382-9290