In What Case Should You Opt for a Tummy Tuck?

If you are anything like me, you must think of starting a new diet to help you lose weight every other month.

You might even have promised yourself that you would join the gym and pick out a highly intensive workout routine that burns all those extra calories.

Trust me; I know all of this because this is me in real life. But with my love for good food and my official status as ‘the couch potato,’ all of these attempts to shedding off those extra pounds fail before I have even had a chance to say fitness goals.

Being overweight is damaging to both – your physical and mental health

Obesity is one of the most significant health issues all over the world, and also one of the leading causes of death today.

According to statistics by the National Centre for Health, more than one third – 39.6% to be exact – of the adult population in the United States of America is overweight. This does not only result in substantial annual medical bills but also causes people to be unhappy with their bodies.

It is in these extreme cases where no diet or exercise may seem to work that a person might turn to some of the more robust solutions to being obese.

Living with a body that you do not feel good about cannot be easy, and perhaps this is the reason why more and more people are considering a surgical procedure to resolve this issue. When most people see the tummy tuck before and after pictures, they cannot help but think that this is the answer to all their prayers.

But before you decide this is what you need, you should have sufficient knowledge about the procedure itself and who it is meant for. This is the issue we will be discussing in our post today.

What exactly is the tummy tuck surgical procedure?

Cosmetic surgical procedures have become increasingly safe and accessible in recent years. The tummy tuck – or what is medically known as abdominoplasty – is one such medical procedure. This surgical technique helps to repair any damaged abdominal muscles, sculpt the abdominal region, and make for a more flattering waistline. Though it also has considerable medical benefits to it, it is primarily used as a cosmetic procedure.

In what scenarios should you go for a tummy tuck?

So, now that we have discussed what a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is, it is time that we talk about who should sign up for the procedure.

The information in the following paragraphs will help you decide if this procedure is suitable for you, or if the solution to your particular set of problems lies elsewhere. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

1.  The tummy tuck is great for postpartum women who want their pre-pregnancy body back

Gaining an absurd amount of weight after pregnancy is common amid women all across the globe. But where some women manage to get rid of those extra kilos gradually, others struggle with their new bodies for a long while and are constantly longing for the figure they had before conceiving the baby.

Abdominoplasty for these new mothers – affectionately nicknamed as the mommy tuck – is a great solution. Getting this procedure done can get a mother’s postpartum body looking like the flattering and super-fit body she had before she became pregnant.

2.   You can get the surgical procedure done if you have reached a stable weight

An important consideration with abdominoplasty is that you should have reached a stable weight, which has remained the same for about 6 to 12 months before the procedure.

You mustn’t be continually gaining weight when you plan to get the procedure done. A fluctuating needle on the scale can greatly interfere with the results of the tummy tuck.

Ideally, a patient should only be about 10 to 15 pounds above the weight that they want to be before the procedure begins. This narrow difference makes it easier for the surgeon to obtain the desired shape and contour that the patient desires.

3.   A tummy tuck surgery is safe if you are a nonsmoker

Thirdly, abdominoplasty works greatest when you do not have other bad habits such as smoking or drinking. Indulging in these activities can severely affect the outcome of the surgical procedure. So, while you are bringing your weight down close to the one that you want to maintain, you should also go a step further and ditch all that alcohol and cigarettes as well.

4.  The tummy tuck is the perfect way to get rid of loose skin and the extra pockets of fat on your stomach

Congratulations! You finally found the weight loss method that works and have managed to get rid of all that excess weight you were lugging around! Of course, that could not have been an easy task, and now you can flaunt the body that you have been working so hard for all this time. But before you do that, there is one more thing you might choose to take care of.

The ugly face of losing weight is the massive lump of loose skin that dangles off of your abdomen. Though it is only a reminder of the fantastic weight loss journey you have been through and what you have achieved, not a lot of people like wearing this ‘badge of honor.’ If you are somebody who would rather have a smooth stomach with no overhanging bucket handle of loose skin, the tummy tuck is for you.

The final word

If you are trying to shed off the extra few pounds you gained over the holidays, then maybe it is time that you considered a safe, permanent solution for your troubles.

However, before you go to the doctor and lay down on the surgical table, you need to be sure that this is the answer to your problem. We advise you to take your time, do your research, and ask your doctor about any issue that is unclear regarding the procedure. Only when you are sure of what you want should you go under the knife.

Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing. You can find her at @meetalycia.