When you have excess skin or loose muscles on your stomach that just doesn’t seem to go away with diet and exercise, you might want to consider a tummy tuck. This is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess, sagging skin and tightening the abdominal muscles. The goal is to give you a slimmer appearance by tucking away abdominal tissues. The muscles will be tighter and firmer in your abdomen, giving your stomach the contoured appearance that you want. Aside from a defined stomach, there are a few other benefits that you can see from the surgery.
If you’ve already lost weight, a tummy tuck can make it easier to maintain your weight loss instead of seeing fluctuations, especially in the way that your abdomen looks if you do gain a few pounds. After having weight loss surgery, such as a gastric bypass, it’s often easier to keep your weight under control if you combine the surgery with a tummy tuck. This is why many people who have lost a large amount of weight often end up in the operating room for a tummy tuck to tighten the abdominal tissues and remove skin that hangs from the stomach area.
When you have excess weight and skin on your stomach, it can be difficult to have good posture as the excess weight begins to pull you forward instead of standing straight. You’ll often begin to experience pain in your back, especially in the lower area and near your hips. After the abdominal tissues are strengthened, it gives support to your spine, which will then lead to better posture as you’re able to stand up straight without discomfort.
Good candidates for this procedure include individuals who are close to their weight loss goal. Losing 25 pounds or more can cause sagging skin to appear again, which can negate the results of a tummy tuck. Women who are considering becoming pregnant in the future are asked to hold off on this surgical procedure as pregnancy can so reverse the results. If you are done having children and you are close to or at your goal weight, however, you should make a good candidate for this procedure. Our professionals can discuss the other qualifying factors with you at your personalized consultation.
Dr. Steven Bengelsdorf at Franklin Skin and Laser can help you get started on your journey toward a smoother, more contoured body. Our office is conveniently located in Franklin, TN. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!