If you’ve ever stumbled across an infomercial on late-night television or glanced through a fitness magazine, you’ve likely heard advice about how to achieve a toned, tight tummy. Everything from protein shakes to ab-cruncher machines are sold. All promise to give you a flat, toned midsection.
However, there are only two factors to a tight tummy. First, you will need a low body fat percentage. Second, you need tight skin. The first condition can be met with diet and exercise. To get the second, you may very well need a tummy tuck.
What a Tummy Tuck Can Treat
An abdominoplasty, otherwise called a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin from your abdomen. If you’ve lost a lot of weight or went through a pregnancy, your skin may be flabby and loose. No amount of diet and exercise can correct this.
A tummy tuck alone also doesn’t address stubborn fat deposits, which is why a tummy tuck is so often paired with liposuction for better results.
How to Know You’re Ready
To achieve the best results from your abdominoplasty, you’ll want to be as close to your goal weight as possible. The surgery works best when you already have strong abs and a flat core beneath the hanging skin.
Having a tummy tuck before you’re ready could necessitate another surgery later to revise the result, so it’s best to be in the best shape possible before your procedure.
The Mechanics of a Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty is performed with the patient under general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep.
You will expectedly be sore after the procedure, but medication will minimize any discomfort. You will possibly need help with everyday tasks for the first few days after surgery, especially with activities like bathing and dressing.
You’ll have a follow-up appointment with our surgeon after a week or so. Most patients are back to work and their normal routines within six weeks.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you want a tight, flat midsection but have loose skin, a tummy tuck may be right for you. With locations in Fresno and Oakland, the Aesthetic Laser Center is committed to providing each patient with the education they need to make the best decision for their unique situation.