What a tummy tuck can and can’t do

If you’ve done everything you can with diet and exercise and still can’t get rid of the stubborn fat and loose skin around the abdomen, a tummy tuck may be the best procedure for you. It’s important to have realistic expectations when it comes to any cosmetic surgery. Read on to learn more about what the surgery can and cannot do.

It CAN remove extra skin and fat in the abdominal area. Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck consists of removing excess fat and skin and repositioning stretched, separated abdominal muscles to create a smoother abdominal profile. For women who have given birth and for men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight, they may have an undesired “apron” of loose skin that hangs down at the lower abdomen that doesn’t respond even to the best diet and exercise program.

It CAN’T serve as a weight loss solution. This surgery is ideal for men and women who are at or near their ideal weight and having trouble with remaining stubborn fat and loose skin. A tummy tuck is not a replacement for weight loss or a diet or exercise program.

It CAN be done in combination with other surgical procedures. A tummy tuck is a common element of the popular “Mommy Makeover,” which is an all-in-one surgery that usually consists of a tummy tuck, liposuction and a breast augmentation with or without a breast lift. It’s become increasingly popular as women seek one surgical visit with one recovery period and faster results as compared to multiple surgeries spread out over months or even years.

It CAN’T prevent you from gaining weight. It’s important to maintain your healthy lifestyle after surgery to maintain results. You’ll see immediate results, and once the swelling subsides, those results will be even more apparent. The results often provide a boost in motivation in keeping a healthy lifestyle.

A tummy tuck CAN improve your confidence and self-image by helping you aesthetically and functionally by getting rid of the unwanted abdominal fat and sometimes uncomfortable excess skin. If you’re interested in learning whether you’re a candidate for a tummy tuck, schedule an appointment with our office by calling (773) 763-3990.

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