While patients may have heard of tummy tucks, also known as an abdominoplasty, they may not know if the procedure is right for them. Many people go into tummy tuck research with the false assumption that an abdominoplasty results in dramatic weight loss. While some weight loss is possible, liposuction is typically more effective for those who want to shed some pounds quickly.
Instead, tummy tucks primarily focus on the muscles around the abdomen area. Those who have lost weight recently or have hereditary problems with loose skin may notice their abdomen is not quite as firm as it should be. Despite diet and exercise, it can be difficult for some to achieve the firm abs they're looking for. This is where a tummy tuck comes into play.
An abdominoplasty reshapes the abdomen region, moving tissue around until the result is essentially a firmer, flatter stomach. Again, this is not the way to go for those who have hundreds of pounds to lose – unless they're combining the surgery with liposuction. Nor should patients who plan on becoming pregnant invest in a tummy tuck.
The best way to determine if a tummy tuck is right for you is to talk to a plastic surgeon. Carefully consider the cost of abdominoplasty before committing to surgery.