You likely know why your tummy is in its current, less-than-svelte shape: maybe you’ve had a few kids, you’ve yo-yo dieted or your stress levels are out of control. And despite your attempts to combat it through diet and exercise, you still have a stubborn pouch of fat or unsightly sagging skin. That’s why it may be time to consider another approach to flattening your tummy once and for all: a tummy tuck.
Keep in mind, there are many types of tummy tucks, from a mini-tummy tuck that just focuses on the lower tummy with a small incision, to a traditional tummy tuck that requires a larger scar across the front of the body (but below the bikini line). Some tummy tuck procedures can also address love handles or excess skin and fat on the upper abdomen.
Seek out an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who will be able to tell you which is the best option for you and if you are a good candidate for the procedure. During the surgery, fat is removed first either by liposuction or but cutting it out. Then your surgeon will tighten the muscles and remove any loose skin before finishing off the procedure. In some cases, you may even get a new or repositioned belly button.
You’re newly toned tummy will last longer if you keep up good diet habits since weight gain after a tummy tuck can alter your results. That might be helped by the fact that your newly tightened muscles may cause you to have a lighter appetite. Recovery can take some time, but you’ll be bikini-ready in about two months post-surgery.
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