If you’ve ever been one to diet or exercise to try to achieve a more proportionate figure, you’ll find that a flabby tummy is one of the more troubling parts of the body to get rid of. Often, if sit-ups just aren’t cutting it anymore, a plastic surgeon in Manhattan will suggest if you are a good candidate for abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery procedure that requires general anesthesia, but is often done on an ambulatory basis. That means it’s a one-day procedure that doesn’t require an overnight stay in the hospital. It includes the removal of excess and loose skin and stubborn fat, and tightening of the abdominal muscles – all with a perfectly hidden, low-cut, bikini-line incision. This typically results into a firmer and flatter abdomen, and if done well, is virtually imperceptible.
Who makes a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
Do keep in mind that tummy tuck procedures are considered a last resort for people who have exhausted all other options. I always tell potential patients that this should not be used as an alternative to weight loss.
A good candidate for abdominoplasty is a male or female adult who is generally healthy, is not far from his or her ideal body weight – but has excessive, sagging skin in the midsection and lower abdomen. I would usually recommend a tummy tuck to patients who have gone through dramatic weight loss, and have an undesirable physique due to the overstretched abdominal muscles and loosened skin. Those who have extensive stretch marks, as well as extremely stretched abdominal muscles (due to pregnancy) also find a tummy tuck to be necessary to regaining their original contour.
This major procedure, however, is not ideal for people who are still planning to lose a lot of weight. For cases like these in Manhattan, liposuction (removal of fat deposits) is a better option than a tummy tuck. Liposuction is done using minimal scars and only addresses the excess fat.
A woman who is still planning to get pregnant is also not an ideal candidate. During tummy tuck surgery, muscles in the abdomen are tightened. Pregnancy can separate these muscles.
What are the advantages of a tummy tuck?
There are several benefits for patients undergoing abdominoplasty, besides achieving an attractive silhouette. Some of the recent studies show that tummy tucks provide healing benefits for a certain number of issues, not just the aesthetic ones.
My patients who undergo abdominoplasty report having a significant improvement in posture. This is due to the tightening of weakened abdominal muscles which make for an improved support of the spine, and thus results in a better posture.
Tummy tucks are now also typically combined with ventral hernia surgery, as a practical repair for hernia. Ventral hernia surgery is a procedure that corrects a break in the abdominal wall due to weakened muscles. Some surgeons recommend adding abdominoplasty to the hernia correction for a strengthened abdominal wall.
Many tummy tuck patients go on to live healthy and active lifestyles. It’s no surprise that looking great and returning to their previous bodies helps people improve their self-esteem. More often than not, this let’s people feel more free and alive, and consequently, more active and vibrant. My patients tell me that they can finally go back to dance class, take long walks on the boardwalk, and wear those tight sports outfits without feeling like they’re being constantly judged. Overall, there can be no doubt that tummy tucks can help patients increase their energy levels and improve the quality of their lives. If you are interested, schedule a consultation with me, your experienced plastic surgeon in Manhattan to learn more about your options in detail.