You might not have realized it, but the skin in the stomach area can be as sensitive to the signs of aging and weight gain/loss as the face, appearing loose and saggy in ways that no amount of exercise can fix. A tummy tuck can be the solution, and it is for many these days.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the number of people having tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) has grown by 100% plus in the last 15 years, and the procedure continues to grow in popularity for all the obvious reasons: it can help make your tummy look like a tummy again – instead of a misshapen belly.
When life events such as aging, pregnancy and weight loss cause the skin elasticity to be lost and the abdominal muscles to weaken, tummy tuck surgery can repair and reshape the area.
After Tummy Tuck surgery
When completely healed, after about six weeks, the stomach area will be firmer, the muscles tighter and the shape restored to a more youthful contour. But that’s not all. If you’re considering a tummy tuck, you should know about two additional benefits the surgery can provide:
A tummy tuck can help improve back pain
Many patients who seek abdominoplasty have weakened stomach muscles and quite a bit of excess skin. These issues can contribute not only to bad posture but also to back pain. A tummy tuck procedure is designed to remove the extra skin and tighten the stomach muscles, which can help provide the additional strength needed to properly support your spine. Back pain caused by the excess skin and weakened stomach muscles can be reduced and even eliminated.
A tummy tuck can support a consistent exercise routine
People with excess stomach skin and weak abs can find exercising difficult. It’s also frustrating when exercise can’t do much to improve the condition. A tummy tuck can make exercise physically easier, while also providing motivation to take good care of your improved appearance.
Schedule a consultation
Call for a consultation appointment today: In Pinole (East Bay): (510) 724-8282. In Larkspur (North Bay): (415) 461-5755. Dr. Serebrakian serves Pinole, Larkspur, San Francisco, the Bay Area and surrounding areas.
Am I an ideal candidate?
If you are a mommy and now have loose skin around the abdomen and a tummy that is pooching too much or if you’ve been looking to trim pounds off of your stomach, you might regard a tummy tuck procedure as one of the best options for banishing fat quickly and (almost) effortlessly. After all, who could say no to the possibility of getting a lean figure without logging in hours on the treadmill and following a restrictive diet?
So how do you know if a tummy tuck procedure is right for you?
- Your stomach muscles are weaker due to pregnancy or age;
- You have excess skin that’s hanging from the abdominal area. This is often a result of losing a great deal of weight, as the skin isn’t elastic enough to change with your new lean shape;
- Or you have stubborn fat in your stomach area that just doesn’t respond to any exercise or dieting (abdominal fat is notoriously difficult to lose, especially for women; many weight-loss experts refer to this as a “tire” of belly fat).
If you identify with one of these descriptions – and you understand the work you’ll need to do to maintain your results – then a tummy tuck procedure is right for you.
So what goes into the tummy tuck procedure?
After a consultation at the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center, you’ll decide what parts of your stomach you’d like to have treated. During the actual procedure, your surgeon will make a horizontal incision just above the pubic area, which will help you to hide any scars from surgery (the length of the decision depends on how much skin you’d like removed). The loose muscles and tissues are stitched together in a taut position, which allows your surgeon to remove the remaining loose skin.
Recovery time will vary depending on the patient; however, it’s recommended that patients take approximately one to two weeks off from work, as you don’t want to place undue strain on your abdomen.
Schedule a consultation
If you’re interested in getting a firmer abdomen with a trim waistline, then it’s time to contact the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center to make your appointment today. We serve most of the Bay Area, from San Francisco to Berkeley to Walnut Creek, with offices in the North and East Bay. Simply fill out the form in the top left corner or call our North Bay office 415-461-5755 or our East Bay office at 510-724-8282.