For many of us as we age, our stomach becomes loose and flabby, then starts to sag and protrude. There are many reasons for this, the most common being: heredity, pregnancy, surgery and losing a significant amount of weight. When this happens, both men and women come to me seeking ways to help reverse the “middle age bulge” that has crept up on them. My recommendation? A tummy tuck.
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck — or abdominoplasty — is a cosmetic surgery procedure that extracts loose, flabby skin, tightens stomach muscle and contours fat, transforming the midsection into a flatter, smoother abdominal surface.
The results from a tummy tuck are long-lasting. However, if you gain weight, you can adversely affect the result, possibly reversing the gains of the procedure.
How is a tummy tuck different from liposuction?
During a tummy tuck, liposuction is used to extract excess fat but it does not have the ability to tighten and tone muscle. The great benefit of a tummy tuck is that it flattens the tummy, tightens the stomach muscles and narrows the waist at the same time.
5 beautiful benefits of a tummy tuck
For many of my patients, a tummy tuck is a wonderful turning point in their lives, boosting their self-esteem and enabling them to have a positive body image, sometimes for the first time. Here are the top 5 benefits of a tummy tuck that I have seen in my practice:
1) Takes away loose skin around the abdomen.
Dieting and exercise can tone muscles but cannot take away loose, sagging folds of abdominal skin. An abdominoplasty accomplishes this by tightening the inner girdle (the area that extends from the ribcage to the pubic bone) and reshaping the abdominal walls.
2) Erases stretch marks caused by pregnancy.
Stretch marks occur during pregnancy due to the extreme stretching of muscle and skin around the abdomen to accommodate the growing baby. They can also result from losing a great deal of weight. The good news is that stretch marks between the belly button and the mons, as well as Caesarean section scars, will be dramatically reduced with a tummy tuck.
3) Removes old scars from previous surgeries.
If you have had stomach stapling operations in the past or other surgeries that have left scars on your abdomen (appendectomy, hernia operation, etc.), a tummy tuck can reduce some of those scars and restore the surface of the skin so that it looks smooth, toned and scar-free.
4) Enables you to wear skimpy underwear and revealing swim suits (especially bikinis).
After having a tummy tuck, one scar will be visible across the lowest part of the abdomen area (just above the bikini line) and another around the belly button area. For most of my patients, these scars heal extremely well and are not obvious.
5) Gives you a more positive self-image.
Getting a tummy tuck means a lot more than just a flatter stomach and tighter midsection. Just as importantly, it increases a person’s self-esteem and self-confidence. In fact, a great many of my patients have told me that after their tummy tuck, they have felt that if a flatter abdomen is possible for them, other things can be as well. They not only look and feel better, they have a new outlook on life and a renewed purpose.
If you are interested in a tummy tuck
I understand that choosing to have a tummy tuck is an important decision for a woman. I also know how much it means to each and every patient to achieve the results she wants.
If you are thinking about getting a tummy tuck and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me and I will send you additional information prior to your appointment. To make sure you are fully informed about your surgery options and understand exactly what results to expect, I will take all the time you need to make sure your questions are answered.
Learn more about cosmetic body procedures
For further information on body slimming, toning and contouring procedures, you might find these pages on my website helpful:
- Body Procedures
- Mommy Makeover
- Butt Augmentation
- Brazilian Butt Lift
- Lower Body Lift
- Tummy Tuck
Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Samuel J. Beran, MD is a highly accomplished plastic surgeon with offices in Manhattan, Harrison and Mount Kisco, NY. With more than 20 years’ experience and a thorough command of the most advanced techniques and technologies, Dr. Beran consistently provides his patients with the highest level of plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, face, skin and body. Recently, Dr. Beran was named a “Top Doctor” by RealSelf for his dedication to responding to consumer questions and patient feedback. The “Top Doctor” designation is awarded to less than 10% of the RealSelf physician community.