Tummy tucks are becoming an increasingly popular solution to a common problem – belly fat that just will not shift. It seems that no matter how many stomach crunches we do or hours we spend pounding the treadmill in the gym, that spare tire around the middle just hangs on in there. We all want a flat, toned stomach but unfortunately, sometimes, this seems an impossible goal. It seems some of us are just more prone to belly fat than others. Reasons for this include:
- getting older
- past surgery
- weight which has gone up and down drastically over time.
A tummy tuck, or Abdominoplasty, is not a miracle cure but it can be a godsend to those who, despite the fact that they are physically fit, exercise, eat well and do not smoke, have that pesky roll of fat which refuses to budge. This can be very frustrating and annoying but a tummy tuck might offer a solution. That is not to say that it is a decision that should be taken lightly. Abdominoplasty is an evasive surgery which involves “going under the knife” with all the associated risks and costs.
The surgery itself will involve:
- general anaesthesia
- one or more incisions to the stomach
- drainage of excess fat and tissue
- stitches and sutures to close the wound (scars)
- significant tummy tuck recovery time as with any surgery (up to three months).
It is also important to have realistic expectations, do not expect to suddenly have a washboard stomach like Cameron Diaz. Exercise and diet will still be a big part of your life after surgery. What a tummy tuck may offer is a good start to achieving your goal, that first but invaluable helping hand.