Tummy Tuck Before and After: Tackling Common Myths

Tummy Tuck Before And After Tackling Common Myths

Just by looking at a set of tummy tuck before and after photos, it can often seem as though the patient simply lost a significant amount of weight or perhaps embarked on a rigorous new exercise plan. In fact, this is one of the most common “myths” associated with tummy tuck surgery — that it’s a weight loss procedure.

And as it turns out, there are a lot more where that comes from.

Myths seem to abound when talking about tummy tucks. Whether that’s because the results can be so radically transformational or because plastic surgery is so rarely talked about “out in the open” is hard to say.

But in this article, we’re going to try to get to the bottom of some of these pesky myths. Because if you’re seriously considering tummy tuck surgery, you certainly want to know the facts before booking your consultation. Let’s get started.

Myth #1 – Tummy tucks are only for women who’ve been through multiple pregnancies.

While it is true that women who’ve gone through pregnancy do get tummy tucks, they are certainly not the only tummy tuck patients out there. In fact, another common myth — that only women get tummy tucks — is also easily debunkable.

Yes, women get tummy tucks (for both post-pregnancy concerns and non-pregnancy related concerns). They are frequently a part of the popular “mommy makeover” procedure, meant for women who’ve had children and are looking to regain their pre baby body. But abdominoplasty is a male female procedure, and men can and do get tummy tucks quite often.

To see examples of male tummy tuck results, search for tummy tuck before and after male photos. A male tummy tuck before and after photo set can be just as transformational as the female equivalent.

Myth #2 – Tummy tucks leave terrible scars.

You will have at least one tummy tuck scar after your surgery; that is true. Basically all tummy tucks require an incision along the lower abdomen.

But it’s important to note that this and any other scars that result after tummy tuck surgery should be minimally visible. First off, any scars on the abdomen would only be visible when wearing something like a bathing suit. Everyday clothing will cover these parts of the body.

On top of that, the lower abdominal scar is typically well-below the underwear line. And belly button scars are hidden within the natural folds of the navel. If a vertical fleur-de-lis incision is required, this may be more noticeable. However, it’s also important to consider that scars fade with time.

After your tummy tuck recovery in just six months to a year, your scar will be far flatter and more faded to match your surrounding skin. Using silicone scar treatments can help with this. After several years, your tummy tuck scars should be even less noticeable. And of course, you’ll have a flatter, tighter abdomen with no excess skin to outweigh the drawback of scarring.

To see examples of different types of tummy tuck scarring, look at before and after galleries. As you browse the pictures filter cases by type of tummy tuck. You’ll see that, where scars are concerned, a mini tummy tuck before and after photo set can look different than a typical full or hourglass tummy tuck before and after photo set.

Myth #3 – Just diet and exercise and you’ll get the same results as a tummy tuck can provide.

Mini Tummy Tuck Before And AfterAlthough we actually wish this were true, it is unfortunately not. Following a healthy diet and getting regular exercise are always encouraged — for everyone. But for the acute issues that tummy tucks address, sometimes only plastic surgery can help.

The main goal of a tummy tuck is to get rid of loose skin on the abdomen. Loose abdominal skin is typically the result of stretched out skin because of weight gain, followed by weight loss.

This can happen when a women gets pregnant and her belly grows to accommodate her baby. Or, it can be the result of lifestyle changes or even the unfortunate side effect of some medications.

Regardless of the reason for the skin stretching out, if a person then loses weight (or has their baby), the skin may not retract around the new contours of their body. This leaves folds of skin that just hang, as well as stretch marks and wrinkles. Even with intense exercise and impressive dieting, these symptoms are generally considered impossible to get rid of without surgery.

During a tummy tuck, your surgeon will literally excise (cut off) this excess skin. They will gently pull the remaining skin so that it is comfortably smooth and use liposuction to get rid of stubborn fat. They may also tighten your separated abdominal muscles during your abdominoplasty — another achievement that is nearly impossible without surgery.

FAQ: Tummy Tuck Surgery

How long does a tummy tuck last?

Tummy tuck results are typically long-lasting as long as patients maintain a healthy weight and good lifestyle choices. Of course, keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results will vary.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

Determining the cost of someone’s tummy tuck prior to meeting with them in-person for a consultation is very difficult. Things like your anatomy, your goals, where you get surgery, who your surgeon is, and even the time of year you get surgery in can all factor into the cost. Schedule a consultation to get a tummy tuck estimate that is most accurate.

Does health insurance cover tummy tuck surgery?

Although a patient may feel that their reasons for wanting a tummy tuck are “medically necessary”, most health insurance providers consider tummy tucks to be cosmetic in nature. Therefore, they are not covered.

However, all patients and plans are unique. So, asking about what restrictions, requirements, and age provider companies stipulate for tummy tuck coverage is always encouraged if you think you may qualify.

Can you get other procedures with a tummy tuck?

Certainly. Liposuction is typically used alongside tummy tucks, but you might also choose to incorporate a surgery for improving the appearance of your breasts, arms, thighs, hips, or any other part of your body. Tummy tucks are commonly included in mommy makeovers.

Call to Set Up a Tummy Tuck Consultation

If you are bothered by excess skin on your abdomen, stubborn stomach fat, and separated abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck can help. Call today to schedule your consultation appointment for tummy tuck surgery with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Raja Mohan.



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