5 Things You Never Knew about Tummy Tucks

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A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, creates a flatter, firmer, more toned look to the abdominal profile by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the abdominal muscles beneath. Although especially useful for correcting stretched abdominal areas in women who have been pregnant and given birth, tummy tucks are not just for moms. There are some misconceptions and even a few surprises about this body contouring procedure, so here are five lesser-known facts about the tummy tuck.

1. Not "One Size Fits All"

While the procedure is in constant demand and has a long history of safety, tummy tuck outcomes can vary widely from surgeon to surgeon. Each plastic surgeon has his or her own approach to the complex surgical components that comprise this technique, and patients should carefully research not only the surgeon's credentials and board certifications but also the surgeon's approach to abdominoplasty. Factors such as scar placement, supplemental procedures and patient candidacy can dramatically impact outcomes and should be carefully reviewed during your consultation.

2. Can Include Lipo for Superior Results

One common complaint from patients unsatisfied with previous tummy tuck outcomes is the "too flat" look created by a too-aggressive surgery. Achieving natural-looking results is possible by using a lighter touch and combining abdominoplasty with liposuction [/url] to create a beautifully sculpted final contour. With experience, a surgeon trained in this combination abdominoplasty-liposuction technique can restore firmness to the abdomen without an overly "tight" appearance, all without the necessity of postoperative surgical drains.

3. Not a Weight Loss Technique

Like liposuction, tummy tucks are not a weight loss technique but a cosmetic contouring procedure. While negligible weight loss of a pound or two may occur in some cases, the greatest impact of this procedure is the reduction of excess skin. However, tummy tucks can help after weight loss in many ways, including reducing the appearance of stretch marks and sagging skin when these areas are excised during surgery.

4. Pregnancy Is Still Possible

The short answer to the question of whether more children are possible after a tummy tuck is "yes," though there are some special considerations to keep in mind. It’s best to wait a minimum of six months to a year after a tummy tuck before becoming pregnant in order to allow the area to fully and deeply heal. Of course, the longer patients wait, the better the outcomes for preexisting tummy tuck scars.
Tummy tucks do not impact a woman's ability to have a successful pregnancy because the procedure only impacts the skin, fat, muscle tissue and fascia of the abdomen without affecting reproductive organs or other anatomical structures. As a caution, though, while previous body contouring procedures should have no impact on a woman's pregnancy or ability to carry a baby to term, future pregnancies do risk compromising the results of your tummy tuck by stretching out the abdominal skin and muscles once again.

5. Men Can Also Benefit

Most of the conversation surrounding tummy tucks centers on women, especially those with children. However, men too can benefit from the toning and contouring possible with abdominoplasty. No number of crunches will fix overly lax skin or separated abdominal muscles, meaning a six-pack may be out of the question for men with these issues. Fortunately, a tummy tuck can remove stretched and loose skin while restoring firmness to the abdominal muscles for a taut, masculine look.
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Denver Plastic Surgeon