Los Angeles Residents Get the Tummy Tuck for 3 Top Reasons
Tummy tucks are booming in popularity, and with good reason. In a single procedure, a tummy tuck recontours your midsection by tightening the abdominal muscles, eliminating excess skin, and removing stubborn deposits of fat. The surgery accomplishes what months of diet and exercise can’t, giving a toning touch after significant weight loss or pregnancy.
The tummy tuck is now one of the top five cosmetic surgery procedures in terms of numbers performed. Over 130,000 Americans have a tummy tuck every year. Why do they do it? And why might you consider having one? Here are three top reasons.
1. To Restore a Youthful Figure
Diet and exercise can get you close to your ideal weight after pregnancy or a period of being overweight, but even the healthiest habits often aren’t enough to bring back the youthful tone and shape of your midsection. When your abdomen is stretched from pregnancy or weight gain, the resulting loose skin doesn’t have the resilience to shrink back to its former smooth tautness. You can find yourself with hanging folds of skin that can be a source of embarrassment when wearing clothes that expose the midriff.
Excess skin isn’t the only thing that lingers when the body goes through weight changes. Abdominal muscles lose their tone and leave a bulge where the belly was once flat. And pockets of fat can remain that resist your efforts to slim down with healthy eating and regular exercise.
Tummy tuck patients are thrilled to be able to wear form-fitting clothes again and to be proud, instead of embarrassed, about their figures. Take a look at our gallery of before-and-after pictures to see the transformations. If you’ve shifted to loose clothes and avoided the beach to hide your flabby middle, a tummy tuck can be a game-changer. You’ll want to flaunt your youthful curves again in designer clothes and revealing bathing suits. That boost in self-confidence and renewed sense of pride in your body is one of the greatest benefits of the procedure.
2. For Improved Abdominal Muscle Tone and Posture
In addition to its slimming effects, a tummy tuck tones and strengthens the abdominal muscles. With pregnancy or significant weight gain, the abdominal muscles stretch and can separate. When these muscles pull apart, they no longer support each other with their combined strength. The gaps between the muscles can also leave an opening for the organs to push forward. Even when childbirth and weight loss remove the pressure on the stretched muscles, they do not reconnect, leaving the abdomen permanently weakened. This issue not only affects the contours of your belly. It can affect your posture and result in back pain.
A tummy tuck tightens the abdominal muscles, and reconnects them where they have separated. The surgery firms and strengthens the abdomen and rebalances the torso. You’ll not only look better, but you’ll also stand taller and feel better.
3. To Correct Body Changes After Pregnancy
We’ve already described how a tummy tuck can remove excess skin, eliminate stubborn pockets of fat, and tighten and strengthen abdominal muscles after pregnancy. These corrections are often necessary after pregnancy, as the extreme change in body size can permanently alter the form of your midsection. Carrying a child stretches muscles to their limits, and metabolism changes can result in more fat around your waist. A tummy tuck can correct these changes, enabling mothers to turn back the clock and regain their sexy pre-pregnancy curves. For even more dramatic results, a tummy tuck can be combined with other procedures, such as liposuction and breast surgery, in a more comprehensive mommy makeover.
A tummy tuck can also remove stretch marks and make cesarean section scars less visible. It does this by pulling excess skin down to a new incision just below the bikini line, where it is well hidden. This tightening and smoothing of the skin can erase stretch marks and minimize scars from previous abdominal surgery.
Choose a Skilled Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Stephen Bresnick, M.D., in Encino, CA, is one of the most skilled, experienced, and highly rated plastic surgeons offering procedures in the Los Angeles area. He uses special techniques in tummy tuck surgery to shorten scars while delivering superior shaping and flattening results. Call us at 818-981-3333 or contact us today to schedule a consultation.