Few things are quite as disheartening as losing a lot of weight only to realize your belly still looks excessively flabby and “untoned.” Loose, sagging belly skin is a common “side effect” of significant weight loss, and it can also occur after giving birth, especially if you’ve had multiple children. As we get older and our skin becomes less resilient, the risk of developing loose, saggy skin in the lower abdomen increases, although significant weight gain can cause belly flab in people of just about any age. Saggy ‘round’ tummies occur because the underlying muscles have been stretched beyond their “normal” limits, preventing them from “bouncing” back to their original, toned positions. That means no amount of crunches, sit ups, planks or other exercises are going to give you that sleek, flat, toned abdomen you’re hoping for.
Of course, while diet and exercise may not be the answer, that doesn’t mean you have to learn to live with a droopy, unattractive belly. The key to a tighter, firmer more toned belly in these instances is to address the sagging, damaged tissues and weakened muscles that are causing your belly pouch in the first place. And to do that, you need to consider a tummy tuck procedure.
Tummy Tucks for a Flatter Belly
Tummy tucks can be an ideal solution for women and men who want to get rid of belly flab once and for all so they can appear firmer and more toned, and they’re also very popular. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports nearly 130,000 people had tummy tucks (also called abdominoplasty) in 2015, up 9 percent from 2014 and more than double the number of procedures in 2000.
What makes them so popular? Simply this: They can provide great results. In fact, about nine out of 10 patients who underwent a tummy tuck reported being very satisfied with the end results, and when the procedure is combined with liposuction to create a smoother profile in the thighs and other areas, the satisfaction rate soared even higher to 99 percent.
What does a tummy tuck “do”?
Tummy tucks remove excess skin and fatty tissue while also repairing damaged or “split” muscle tissue beneath the skin, helping to provide a natural “girdle” that restores the abdomen and provides a sleeker appearance.
Muscles that support the belly can become weakened as a result of increased pressure from years of supporting excess belly weight. Restoring these tissues in addition to removing excess skin and fat ensures the belly area will remain supported, and it also helps you show off the results of all those crunches and core exercises.
What does a tummy tuck cost?
When it comes to having a tummy tuck cost is one of the first things patients are concerned about. The good news is, when you consider the benefits of the surgery – a better profile, more attractive tummy, higher confidence, better posture – the investment is very worthwhile. Because each patient is different, tummy tuck cost can vary from one person to another depending on the extent of the surgery, whether liposuction is also used and other factors. The best way to determine how much your tummy tuck will cost is to schedule a consultation appointment for a personal assessment and a discussion of your goals and expectations.
Dr. Kirwan has extensive experience in abdominoplasty techniques designed to address each patient’s individual needs and objectives. To learn more about abdominoplasty including questions about tummy tuck cost and whether the procedure is right for you, call the office to schedule your personalized consultation appointment today.