Proof That Tummy Tuck Surgery Really Works
Anyone considering tummy tuck surgery has many factors to consider, but proof of success stories (including before and after photos from a double board-certified surgeon) are persuasive indeed. Regardless of where you stand, here are the pros and cons of tummy tuck surgery or abdominoplasty as it is called in the professional world of plastic surgery.
An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a surgical cosmetic procedure that involves removing drooping skin or excess fat to enhance the abdomen, resulting in a flat stomach and tighter abdominal muscles. A lean, tan naval is coveted by all women, but many different factors can alter the flat abs we were born with. Check out these before and after photos of successful tummy tuck surgeries performed by a double board certified plastic surgeon.
Tummy Tuck Surgery Statistics in the United States
According to statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the tummy tuck is the sixth most-common cosmetic surgical procedure performed in the United States. Excess skin and pockets of fat from obesity and pregnancy are probably the two most common reasons why women choose to undergo a tummy tuck surgery.
What Are the Risks of Tummy Tuck Surgery?
The most common risks of tummy tuck surgery according to this article by VeryWell Health are:
- Loose skin
- Numbness in the skin
- Poor Results
The risk of tummy tuck surgery is increased by having other cosmetic procedures done at the same time according to this study. Researchers discovered that the risk of complications related to tummy tucks increased from 3.1 percent to 6.8 percent when the surgery was combined with a body contouring procedure. The study was published in the journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Other risk factors duly noted by the researchers were: age 55 or older, obesity, and the risk of developing surgical complications was found to be higher for men than for women. Anesthesia alone poses its own risks that people should be aware of when considering any type of surgery. So do your research and be aware that a board-certified surgeon is better qualified and will minimize your risk by providing maximum professional experience.
Why Tummy Tuck Surgery Made This Mom Feel Beautiful
As a mother of three, Amanda Nauffts, said she felt like a monster after losing 70 kg. This incredible weight loss left excess skin on her stomach sagging to her thighs so she opted for tummy tuck surgery. The removal of 5.6 kg during the tummy tuck surgery resulted in her ability to look at herself in the mirror and recognize herself as beautiful for the first time in years. All of Amanda’s prior efforts to lose weight including gastric bypass surgery, diet, and exercise 7 days a week really paid off. However, the tummy tuck surgery was the final step that made it all worthwhile for her.
Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks of Tummy Tuck Surgery?
As you can see from those before and after photos, the benefits of a tummy tuck surgery far outweigh the risks for many people including Amanda. After a substantial weight loss, skin loses elasticity. This is why everyone struggles to shrink without sagging. A tummy tuck surgery restores the stomach’s flattened tone by reshaping the abdominal wall.
The Cost of Tummy Tuck Surgery
Amanda, who is a wife, mother, and dental hygienist from Ontario, Canada, said it would have taken her a decade to afford the $14,000 to $18,000 procedure on her salary. Fortunately, her dream came true when she won a tummy tuck contest. Now she has never been happier with her body which is all the more beautiful after having given birth to three precious children.
What Makes You An Ideal Candidate For Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck are individuals who don’t smoke, are in good physical condition overall, and at a stable weight. A tummy tuck procedure should only be considered after the problem area has failed to respond in a satisfactory manner to diet and exercise.
Tummy Tuck Surgery Isn’t Magic
It is important to keep in mind after the procedure that a tummy tuck is not a magic solution to having a trim core. To maintain your results, a balanced diet and appropriate exercise should be an absolute necessity.
What Recovery From A Tummy Tuck Surgery Entails
Whether a patient chooses to undergo a full tummy tuck surgery or only a partial abdominoplasty procedure, there will be incisions that will require a temporary tube for drainage and a compression garment. The recovery time for a full tummy tuck surgery can vary from two weeks to two months depending on the patient. The recovery time is shortened for partial abdominoplasty procedures because the incisions are shorter and less invasive. Patients should allow their bodies to heal by avoiding all strenuous activities including lifting heavy objects.
No Amount of Money Can Buy Self-Worth or Health
Sadly, women especially often measure their self-esteem and self-worth on an internal scale reflected by the perception of whether or not they are attractive. Notice that I said perception because often what we perceive isn’t the reality of how we are viewed through the eyes of others. Money can’t buy anyone self-esteem or self-worth because these values come from deep within.
At this very moment, there are thousands of people whose bodies are frail and weakened by cancer or other diseases. In their heart of hearts, I’m sure they wish they could purchase more meat to go on their bones. While we can purchase the means of making our outward appearance more appealing through cosmetic surgery, we must never take our health for granted or assume that one surgery will magically fill the void of low-self worth.
In conclusion, cosmetic surgery is no replacement for loving and embracing the body you have been given. With that being said, a tummy tuck surgery can be a very rewarding and positive experience for many people like it was for Amanda Nauffts.