Tummy tuck surgery, also referred to as abdominoplasty, is a popular plastic surgery procedure that is performed to improve the contours of the midsection. Abdominoplasty is sought by men and women in various life stages who are interested in having a slimmer, flatter stomach. Here, we outline a few of the common situations that lead people to want a tummy tuck.
- The midsection has changed due to pregnancy.
We all know that a woman’s stomach expands a great deal during pregnancy to accommodate her growing fetus. There is an expectation that the muscles and skin that have stretched will naturally return to normal at some point. Thanks to social media, this expectation is often that the stomach will flatten and tighten within the first year of motherhood, if not within just a few months. This is not a guarantee, nor is it even all that common. A tummy tuck can restore the integrity of the abdominal wall, trim excess skin, and minimize (if not eliminate) stretch marks.
- Weight changes have left the midsection saggy.
When someone has been overweight for many months or years, their skin and connective tissue may not bounce back easily. For some, rapid or significant weight loss results in skin so loose and saggy that they continue to look somewhat bulky. Even after reaching an ideal weight, people with loose tissue may not wear their true size. They may still feel self-conscious. A tummy tuck can resolve these problems and allow the new shape to be seen.
- The aging stomach has become loose and flabby.
We are living longer and living healthier, according to studies. However, maintaining a suitable weight and a healthy diet doesn’t guarantee that the midsection won’t change. This is because hormones play a part in how the body ages. Many people, sometime around mid-life, notice that their weight seems to shift to their belly. This can happen even when weight remains relatively stable. The loss of firmness and elasticity in the skin can make it seem as though the midsection is holding excess weight when it’s not. Abdominoplasty can tighten the aging muscles and trim skin as needed to restore a smoother, flatter midsection.
Regardless of age, many people are interested in how their midsection makes them look. Protruding fat, loose skin, and sagging can all affect appearance as well as self-confidence. To learn more about the abdominoplasty procedure and what it can do for you, call (512) 450-1077 and schedule a visit to our Austin, TX office.