Medical evidence shows that there may be other benefits to a tummy tuck, other than that of an improved appearance. The ideal of a flat, toned stomach is shared by both women and men but there are also important health concerns regarding belly fat. The “middle aged spread”, as it is sometimes known, is a now recognized as a health issue because medical evidence shows that it is linked to a variety of potentially grave medical conditions.
As we age we have a tendency to put on weight and these extra pounds often seem to head straight for the abdomen area. Even if there is not an overall increase in a person’s weight, the fat that does accumulate tends to settle on the middle of the body. This visceral fat is located deep in the abdominal cavity where it positions itself around the vital internal organs.
This accumulation of visceral fat is known to be an important factor in the development of a variety of health issues including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even breast cancer. Visceral fat is a concern even if the person is not otherwise unhealthy or overweight. Women, in particular, often experience increasing visceral fat at menopause as the balance of hormones like estrogen in the body changes.
For women body shape can be an important indicator of the type of fat that is being accumulated. The pear shape, where (subcutaneous) fat is deposited on the hips and thighs is considered more healthy. Whereas the apple shape, where fat builds up on the abdomen, indicates less benign visceral fat. There are some simple measurements which can be taken to measure risk. These include BMI (Body Mass Index), waist to hip ratio or a simple waist circumference measurement.
It is therefore important for men and women that visceral fat is vigorously tackled and controlled. Exercise and diet can really help but this abdominal fat is notoriously difficult to shift. For those who are otherwise of healthy weight and good diet, a tummy tuck may be the answer to getting rid of this unattractive and worse, potentially dangerous, visceral fat. You should talk to your plastic surgeon about the dangers of abdominal fat and whether a tummy tuck could be a viable option for you.