It's not uncommon for people to be unhappy with their figures. Many people are constantly dieting and exercising to achieve their ideal body type. Unfortunately, sometimes these efforts fall short. If you're dissatisfied with your figure, you may want to consider a tummy tuck.
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen. It can also tighten the muscles in the abdominal wall to create a flatter, more toned appearance. Maybe other methods of losing excess fat haven't worked. This procedure can give you the results you're looking to achieve. Remember, when you are contemplating a tummy tuck, there are various methods to consider.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck is a less invasive version of the traditional procedure. It's ideal for those with a small amount of excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen. The incision for a mini tummy tuck is shorter compared to a traditional tummy tuck, and it doesn't require the relocation of the belly button; as a result, a mini tummy tuck has a shorter recovery time than a traditional tummy tuck.
Reverse Tummy Tuck
A reverse tummy tuck is a variation of the mini tummy tuck, designed for people with excess skin and fat in the upper abdomen, around the bra line. Much like a mini tummy tuck, a reverse tuck has a shorter incision and recovery time than a traditional tuck.
Traditional or Full Abdominoplasty
A traditional tummy tuck, also called a full abdominoplasty, is the most invasive type of these surgeries. It's usually reserved for people with a large amount of excess skin and fat in the abdomen as well as stretch marks. During a traditional tummy tuck, the surgeon will make an incision from hip to hip, just above the pubic area. The belly button will also be repositioned. A conventional tummy tuck requires a longer recovery time than a mini tummy tuck or reverse tummy tuck.
Extended Tummy Tuck
An extended tummy tuck is a variation of the traditional tummy tuck. It's designed for people with excess skin and fat in the abdomen, flank, or side. During an extended tummy tuck, the surgeon will make an incision from hip to hip, just above the pubic area, much like the full procedure. The incision may also extend around the sides of the waist like a traditional tummy tuck; an extended tummy tuck also requires a longer recovery time.
What can a tummy tuck not do?
A tummy tuck can give you a flatter, more toned stomach. It can't, however, magically give you a six-pack. If you're hoping to achieve washboard abs, you'll need to put in the work at the gym. A tummy tuck can also not remove stretch marks. If you have stretch marks on your stomach, they'll still be there after the surgery.
What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?
There are many benefits to getting a tummy tuck. Here are some of the most common ones:
- A flatter, more toned stomach: If you have excess skin and fat in your abdomen, undergoing this procedure can remove it and give you a flatter, more toned appearance.
- A boost in self-confidence: Achieving your ideal figure can lead to a major confidence boost. You'll feel better about yourself and your appearance.
- Improved health: Carrying around excess weight can put a strain on your back and joints. Losing that weight can help improve your overall health.
If you're unhappy with your figure, a tummy tuck may be the right solution for you.
Can I combine a tummy tuck with other procedures?
Yes, you can. In fact, many people do. A tummy tuck is often combined with liposuction to achieve comprehensive results. When this happens following childbirth, or postpartum, it can be known as a Mommy Makeover. If you're considering a tummy tuck, your surgeon will likely ask if you're interested in any other procedures like a breast lift or breast augmentation to combine recovery periods.
Liposuction is a procedure that removes excess fat from specific areas of the body. It can be used to target stubborn pockets of fat that don't respond to diet and exercise. Liposuction is often performed on the abdomen, hips, and thighs.
A breast lift is common among women who want to improve the appearance of their breasts. This can be done for several reasons, including to achieve a more youthful appearance, regain breast volume after weight loss, or correct drooping or sagging breasts.
As you age, your breasts will inevitably lose some of their volume and firmness. And while there are plenty of bras out there that can help to lift and support your breasts, sometimes you want a little something extra. That's where breast augmentation comes in.
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that involves placing implants in the breasts to increase their size and fullness. The implants can be made of silicone or saline and come in various sizes and shapes to suit your desired look.
Considering a Tummy Tuck procedure?
If you're considering a tummy tuck, our friendly and knowledgeable providers at Horn in Chicago would love to help make your vision come true. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about the procedure and what to expect during and after surgery.