Crunching, curling, planking, and dieting: these are all advised methods for achieving a coveted flat stomach. For many people, though, these methods do not produce the desired results. This can be discouraging, but there are solutions. The Dr. Usal Cosmetic Surgery Center in Paramus, NJ offers cosmetic treatment options such as abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, for individuals seeking to redefine and re-sculpt their abdominal region. Keep reading to find out who should consider getting a tummy tuck.
When Women Should Consider a Tuck
Although childbirth is one of the most profound experiences of life, the affects childbirth has on your body can be traumatic. Many women are very willing to go through these changes and make these sacrifices. However, once a woman is done with childbearing, there is often a desire to regain her pre-baby body. A tummy tuck can help make this happen.
You may have heard the oversimplified advice that diet and exercise will get you back to your pre-baby weight and body. Many women are successful at losing baby weight, but regaining your pre-baby look could be far more difficult.
During pregnancy and childbirth, the female body changes in a fundamental way. Often, the hips are widened permanently when the baby passes through the birth canal. In addition to this, the abdominal muscles are also often permanently altered.
As the baby grows, the abdominal muscles must separate to accommodate the growing fetus. The abdominal muscles are made to separate during this time. Ideally, after childbirth these muscles will fuse back together again, bringing the stomach area back to its pre-baby appearance. However, for many women, this does not happen. When the abdominal muscles do not fuse back together, a woman will experience a diastasis. The muscles stay permanently separated and loose. This is why many women experience a Mommy Pooch, or Mommy Belly after having children.
How a Tuck Can Help
In these instances, a tummy tuck is the best way to tighten these muscles back up. A diastasis not only affects the way your stomach looks, but it can also affect your core strength. When core strength is weak, it can have a profound effect on your back health. Many women who experience a diastasis also experience ongoing back problems. Tightening these muscles back up after childbirth is the only way to re-establish that core strength and protect your back.
After Significant Weight Loss
Mothers are not the only people who can benefit from a tummy tuck. Individuals who have accomplished significant weight loss may also be interested in abdominoplasty. During weight gain, just like during pregnancy, the muscles of the abdominal area can stretch and loosen. Many people can experience a diastasis because of weight gain.
During a weight loss program, an individual will work extremely hard to achieve a certain weight and appearance. It can be very discouraging after doing this work to discover you may not be able to achieve the look you wanted for your stomach area.
Depending on how much weight was lost, some individuals also discover that they are now dealing with a new problem: loose abdominal muscles and loose skin. These conditions cannot be changed through diet and exercise alone. Loose skin will only become more noticeable as you lose more weight.
If you have achieved a significant weight loss and now find that your new problem is loose skin and loose abdominal muscles, an abdominoplasty could be a great option for you.
When You Have a Weak Abdominal Wall
For many women, their stomach is their arch enemy. This part of the female body is home to the reproductive system. This very fact is one of the reasons that women struggle to get their abdomen looking exactly the way they want.
Many women also struggle with a weak abdominal wall. This means that the muscles of this area do not respond well to traditional strengthening techniques. Despite your best efforts, you may continue to experience a soft middle. Abdominoplasty can help bring new strength and tightness to this challenging part of the body.
When Men Should Consider a Tuck
When You Have a Lack of Muscle Tone
Many people think this is only a procedure that women have done. This is not true. Many men struggle with a lack of muscle tone. This lack of muscle tone is usually very obvious in the abdominal region. Just like women, men have body goals they wish to achieve, and these goals are often focused on the abs, or the “six-pack.”
If you have naturally weak muscle tone, you may find that working out is just not enough to achieve these goals. When this is the case, abdominoplasty can be a wonderful tool to help you get the body you want.
When You Have Lost a Significant Amount of Weight
After a weight loss journey, you may have discovered that parts of your body do not look the way you envisioned. Although losing weight is the best way to improve your health and longevity, our bodies do not always react to weight loss the way we expected.
If you have lost a significant amount of weight, you might be surprised to discover you are now dealing with loose skin and/or a diastasis. Men, like women, can experience a diastasis of the abdominal muscles. The muscles spread apart due to weight gain and do not fuse back together after weight loss.
In this situation, abdominoplasty is a very effective method of tightening and flattening the abdominal muscles.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
1. How Does Abdominoplasty Work?
In an abdominoplasty one or two small incisions are made. The location of this incision will depend on the type of procedure you are having done. Once the incision is made, the doctor will tighten the underlying loose muscles, remove excess skin, and then tighten the remaining skin.
2. Who Is a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
In order to be a good candidate for this procedure an individual needs to be in good general health. Dr. Usal will evaluate your health at your initial consultation. Your primary care doctor may also be involved in this step of the process in order to weigh in on any health issues that need to be addressed.
3. What Can I Expect During a Consultation?
Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Usal is your first step toward achieving the abdomen you want. During a consultation, Dr. Usal will discuss with you your medical history as well as your goals. This will be the time you can learn if you are a good candidate for this procedure or not. The doctor will also discuss with you exactly what you can expect during the procedure and during the recovery time.
If you are not quite ready for this procedure during your consultation, the doctor will outline steps you can take to get yourself ready. These steps may include reaching your ideal weight. You may be required to get cleared by your primary care doctor before proceeding.
4. What Is the Difference Between a Mini Tummy Tuck and a Full Tummy Tuck?
You may have head of a mini tummy tuck. This is a procedure that works great for many people, is less invasive, requires a shorter recovery period, and is in most cases less expensive. A mini-abdominoplasty is a procedure that focuses on the skin and muscles below the belly button only. Many individuals experience loose skin and loose muscle tone only in this area. For these individuals, the mini-abdominoplasty is adequate to address these issues and give them the abdominal look they want.
A full tummy tuck, as the name implies, is a procedure that addresses the skin and muscles of both the middle and lower abdomen. This is a more involved procedure which involves a longer recovery time. During your initial consultation, you will be able to discuss with Dr. Usal which procedure is right for you.
5. What Are Some Things I Should Consider?
If you think this is an option for you, there are several considerations you should think through first.
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure. Since this is a surgical procedure, there will be a recovery time involved. Most individuals will experience a recovery time of approximately three weeks. You will need to consider if you have the time away from work and other responsibilities to let yourself heal properly.
It is particularly important to note that if you do not allow yourself sufficient time to heal, you can have experience consequences. You should discuss this with Dr. Usal during your consultation. In addition to taking time from work and responsibilities, you may also need assistance from friends and family with simple self-care for the first few days.
Another consideration is your weight. Abdominoplasty is most beneficial to individuals who are at an ideal weight and who are committed to maintaining this weight. Weight gain and weight loss can both have a very detrimental effect on the abdominal area after the procedure.
If you are still on your weight loss journey, you should plan for an abdominoplasty once you have achieved your ideal, healthy weight. Your primary care doctor can discuss with you what is an ideal, healthy weight for your height and age.
Overall health is the primary consideration before undergoing this procedure. In order to determine if you are a good candidate, Dr. Usal will evaluate your overall health in conjunction with your primary care doctor.
Be sure to discuss any and all health conditions during your consultation to ensure you are not putting yourself at undo risk. You should also consider that abdominoplasty is only recommended for women when they are through child bearing. If you plan to have more children, you should consider postponing this treatment. A pregnancy will profoundly impact the corrections that this procedure makes to your abdominal muscles.
6. What Can I Expect During Recovery?
During recovery you can expect to have a lot of down time. Arrange for assistance with household chores and children. Recovery is the same for men and women. You will have drains put in to help expel fluid during recovery, and you will be trained on how to care for the drains. The drains will be removed after a few days. It is important to keep the area clean and to put no strain or pressure on the area.
You will also be required to wear an abdominal binder following your procedure. This binder will ensure that the tissue does not experience excessive fluid build-up. The binder is also there to support the abdominal area while the muscles heal.
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