Summary: Belly fat is highly-discussed on the internet and in the gym, but what’s the secret to losing it? Unfortunately for some, there are no natural solutions, especially after a life changing event like child birth. For this reason, many women consider plastic surgery options to help them regain their toned-bodies.
If you’ve been on the Internet at all in the past few years, you might be wondering what the “one weird tip” is to get rid of belly fat. Spoiler alert: No single tip, weird or normal, gets rid of belly fat. In fact, despite exercise and eating sensibly, many women and men are left with excess belly skin and fat that can only be corrected with cosmetic surgery. Abdominoplasty, commonly called tummy tuck surgery, is an increasingly popular procedure that is often associated with women who want to regain the flatter stomachs they had before having children. That’s why tummy tucks are a basic component of the “mommy makeover,” a term referring to a combination of cosmetic procedures that usually also includes some form of breast surgery and liposuction. The number of tummy tucks performed in the U.S. in 2013 increased by more than 5% from the previous year, according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, and the number of procedures has jumped nearly 80% since 2000. Even as it becomes a common cosmetic procedure, most people who consider getting tummy tucks aren’t sure about the exact nature of the surgery and what it involves. With that in mind, here are 6 thinks you may not know about abdominoplasty:
- A tummy tuck isn’t a single technique. Consider that Dr. Remus Repta, a board-certified plastic surgeon and tummy tuck specialist in Scottsdale, Arizona, includes 6 different types of tummy tucks on his website. The type of tummy tuck suitable for one patient may not be an appropriate surgery for someone else. The decision usually hinges on the amount of excess skin present and if the abdominal muscles need repair.
- Liposuction is usually also recommended to improve the results of tummy tuck surgery. Sculpting the shape a patient desires often requires removing excess fat on the flanks, in addition to the abdomen.
- A tummy tuck isn’t weight-loss surgery. But it can be an essential part of a personal transformation that includes bariatric surgery. Recent studies have concluded that body contouring after weight-loss surgery offers substantial physical and emotional benefits for patients. One study showed patients who undergo procedures such as a circumferential tummy tuck (body lift) are more successful at keeping weight off than patients who don’t get plastic surgery. Another study said plastic surgery for bariatric patients is linked to lower rates of depression and anxiety.
- Plan on at least 2 weeks to recover following most tummy tuck procedures. There is no such thing as a quick-recovery tummy tuck. Patients who try to return to routine activities too soon have a greater risk of complications.
- A tummy tuck isn’t just for women. Although the vast majority of tummy tuck operations are performed on women, men can benefit just as much from the procedure, particularly after weight loss. The techniques are similar, although fewer men need the muscles of the abdominal wall tightened.
Weight gained after having a tummy tuck may make your body appear disproportional. Minor weight fluctuations aren’t an issue. But if you end up gaining more than just a few pounds, the fat won’t accumulate around your stomach. It will be distributed on other parts of your body while your stomach remains relatively flat.