Today, the tummy tuck is one of the most popular plastic surgeries, with more than 100,000 people undergoing the procedure each year. Tummy tuck surgery has given many people new confidence about the way they look. Yet, like many cosmetic and plastic surgeries, it is still a fairly misunderstood procedure.
We want to help you understand more about it by sharing these 5 facts you might not know about the tummy tuck. If you have any additional questions or specific concerns, contact a cosmetic surgery team to speak with a doctor or medical consultant.
1. Forms of the tummy tuck have been around since at least the 1800s.
While the first tummy tucks were done to help cover up open wounds, the tummy tuck as we know it was first performed in the late 1800s for cosmetic reasons. Shortly thereafter, doctors made immense progress to help preserve the belly button and speed up recovery times. Today, the modern tummy tuck is exponentially safer and more effective than it was in its early stages, thanks to proper sterilization and innovative anesthesia techniques.
2. A tummy tuck is not an effective way to lose weight.
A tummy tuck is designed to eliminate loose skin around your midsection. And while this may result in some weight loss (as skin is relatively heavy), that’s not the goal of the procedure. A tummy tuck is typically performed after someone has lost a significant amount of weight, making it easier for the skin to account for the loss of fat.
3. A tummy tuck and liposuction are two different treatments for two different goals.
Liposuction works to improve your appearance from the inside, eliminating excess fat from your problem area(s). For many people, this involves their midsection, which is why it’s often confused with a tummy tuck. In comparison, a tummy tuck removes excess skin—typically a result of weight loss or pregnancy/giving birth. While each one is designed for a different outcome, combining a tummy tuck with liposuction (especially a gentle form like Aqualipo) is a popular option to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
4. You can still safely get pregnant after having a tummy tuck.
Only your doctor can advise you on what’s best for your body and individual situation, but in most cases, it is absolutely safe to become pregnant after having a tummy tuck. What you’re risking isn’t your health (or your unborn child’s health), but the appearance of your tummy after giving birth. Because the skin around your belly will stretch significantly with pregnancy, it can undo the results of a previous tummy tuck. However, your doctor can fix this with a second tummy tuck once you’ve given birth.
5. A tummy tuck can do a lot more than just improve your appearance.
Though it’s considered a cosmetic surgery procedure, there are actually quite a few potential health benefits of the tummy tuck. For one, a tummy tuck can help you stay motivated to keep your weight and health in check in order to keep up your new appearance. Secondly, because the skin and muscles around your abdomen are tightened, a tummy tuck can help relieve some of the stress in your lower back, helping you improve your posture and reduce your back pain.
We hope you now have a better understanding of what a tummy tuck can do for you. If you can see yourself as one of the 100,000 patients undergoing the procedure each year, your next step is the schedule a medical consultation with a plastic surgeon