Las Vegas Tummy Tuck
Everyone loves a flat, toned abdomen but often times it is tough to achieve this through diet and exercise. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can help restore your midsection to its pre-pregnancy appearance or be the “finishing touch” after weight loss. Sometimes it’s an issue with stretched out abs, other times its just extra skin, but often it’s both stretched out abs and loose skin. If this is you, then keep reading to find out how a tummy tuck can help you!
You’ve tried every version of “Get a flat belly in 6 weeks” there is, but no matter how well you eat or how much you work out, you’ve still got a belly. There are are few things that diet and exercise cannot address. If you’re experiencing any of the following, you might see if a tummy tuck is right for you:
Stretched out Abdominal Muscles
During pregnancy, abdominal muscles get stretched out and often times aren’t able to come back to the way they were. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many sit ups you do; you just end up with really strong stretched out abs as opposed to tight, flat abs with the waist line you desire. Some people on the other hand have great genetics and have abs that just seem to spring back without any sit ups at all! For everyone else, a tummy tuck might be the answer.
This same concept also applies to people who have lost significant weight. With weight gain, the fat which surrounds your abdominal organs enlarges. This pushes on your abs from the inside and stretches them out just like with pregnancy. With weight loss, this same fat shrinks, but the abs are already stretched out. If this is you, a tummy tuck may help you get the flat abdomen you’re looking for.
People who love everything about their abs except for loose skin often benefit from a tummy tuck. Instead of the focus being on the abdominal muscles, it is placed on achieving smooth tight skin in that region and hopefully getting rid of some stretch marks. If the loose skin is limited to below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck can suffice. If the loose skin is significant, a full tummy tuck is in order to provide the best overall contour.
About Scars from Tummy Tucks
One of the most common questions we get about tummy tucks is “How long will the scar be?” You can estimate this at home by looking in the mirror. Determine where your skin starts to wrinkle or fold on each side of your abdomen. This will predict how long your scar will need to be to provide you with a smooth contour.
The next most common question is “Where will it be?” I will try to make the scar as low as possible and as a gentle curve as it moves towards the side. This scar can always be altered to meet your needs.
The other thing with scars is the belly button scar. I will try to place this scar so that it is hides inside the belly button as your body heals.
Who Should Get a Tummy Tuck?
An ideal candidate is someone in good health and at a healthy and stable weight. A poor candidate is someone who just finished a crash diet and is looking to make further changes. This person is a poor candidate because more likely than not, the individual won’t be able to maintain the weight. If you gain weight after a tummy tuck, the results aren’t so pretty. The person that has slowly lost weight or maintained their weight will do well afterwards because it is more likely the weight will be maintained afterwards. For women, it is good be certain you don’t want to have any more kids. The surgery won’t hurt your pregnancy but you also don’t want to unravel everything you just had surgery to correct.
Is Liposuction a Better Option for Me?
If you notice that your abs are tight and you don’t have extra or loose skin, liposuction might be the answer for you. Liposuction treats just the fat layer between the skin and stomach muscles. It also works well for the individual who is not fluctuating in weight. Just like with a tummy tuck, the results of liposuction after weight gain look poor.
Liposuction is performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck. Many people will have their waist and lower back contoured to have a sleek waist line all the way around.
Is a Mini-Tummy Tuck Right for Me?
For those women who have seen their abs come together well after pregnancy and have a little bit of loose skin between the belly button and pubic area, a mini tummy tuck can help tighten that area. A smaller incision is made and the loose skin is removed. No belly button scars are needed and the loose skin can be dramatically improved. The advantage of this type of tummy tuck is the decreased scarring and relatively quick recovery. The disadvantage is the very little, if any, muscle or skin above the belly button is treated.
Tummy Tuck for Men
Lost a bunch of weight or getting back in shape and noticing some extra skin or fat around your abs? Or maybe your abs just don’t seem to be as tight. If this is you, abdominoplasty might help you get the flat abs you’re looking for.
A tummy tuck works by tightening up and flattening the abdominal muscles. After the muscles are tightened, the skin can often times seem looser. To correct this, the skin is pulled tight and the excess is trimmed away. This allows the creation of a flat abdomen with smooth skin.
The best candidates are non smokers who are in overall good general health. Both men and women have fat that lies around their abdominal organs and also between the skin and abdominal muscles. In men, fat amongst the abdominal organs is very common and tends to push the ab muscles out from the inside. The problem with this kind of fat is that it cannot be addressed surgically, but only with diet and exercise. After this goes down, the remainder of the abdomen can be treated with a tummy tuck.
If you are noticing that your abs are flat and you don’t have loose skin but excess fat between your abs and skin, tumescent or VASER liposuction might be the answer for you.
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