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Seven Common Tummy Tuck Myths, Debunked!

Do you want to get a tummy tuck surgery? Here are seven frequently circulated tummy tuck myths that you must stop believing.

What is tummy tuck surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes extra skin and fat from the abdomen area while offering a firmer and smoother abdominal profile. It is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery treatments. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, tummy tuck surgeries are among the top five plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States each year.

Do you want to drastically alter the appearance of your abdomen without spending countless hours trying to find a solution to stubborn fat and excess, loose skin? Tummy tuck surgery is an excellent option for you. But does the thought of a tummy tuck surgery make you nervous? It could be because of all the myths around it. But don’t let these myths deter you from trying what could possibly be the solution to stubborn tummy fat.

Here are seven common tummy tuck myths, debunked, to help you decide whether it is the right treatment for you:

Myth 1: Tummy tuck surgery is a weight loss procedure

This is one of the most common misconceptions about a tummy tuck surgery. People often believe that it is just for those who want to lose a significant amount of weight from their waist. However, a tummy tuck surgery is not a weight loss or bariatric treatment. It is an ideal treatment for someone at or near their target body weight. People who are otherwise active and healthy but are bothered by the appearance of a bulging abdomen or drooping, loose skin on their stomach can go for tummy tuck surgery.

Myth 2: Tummy tuck is just a single procedure

Tummy tuck surgery has many variations, such as partial abdominoplasty, full abdominoplasty and extended abdominoplasty. Your doctor will recommend the best tummy technique for you based on your basic anatomy, the location and amount of excess skin and your body goals.

Myth 3: Tummy tuck surgery is only for women

Admittedly, for years tummy tuck surgery has been an incredibly popular cosmetic option for women. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, with 152,446 women undergoing the procedure, tummy tuck surgery was the fourth most popular cosmetic surgery among women in 2018. However, men can also benefit from this procedure as it can help tighten and tone the contours of the abdomen.

Myth 4: Tummy tuck surgery can lead to pregnancy complications

People often wonder whether a tummy tuck surgery impacts the prospects of getting pregnant. You can rest assured as your tummy tuck surgery will not increase your risks of having a difficult or unsuccessful pregnancy. However, if you are pregnant, it is advisable to get the surgery after giving birth.

Myth 5: Tummy tucks are not for older adults

It is a myth that older people cannot undergo tummy tuck surgery. Age, however, is not a barrier to undergoing this treatment. People in their 40s, 50s and even 60s can benefit from tummy tuck surgery to enhance their appearance.

Myth 6: Tummy tuck causes huge visible scars

Due to the advancement in surgical techniques, you don’t need to worry about big, visible scars after a tummy tuck surgery. The incision scar from a tummy tuck surgery is permanent, but it's typically placed along the easily hidden bikini line.  Moreover, the scars fade significantly in the months following surgery.

Myth 7: You can get tummy tuck results with diet and exercise

Diet and exercise are effective for losing weight and building muscles. But when it comes to getting a slimmer and sleeker stomach, these methods have their limitations in terms of the results they can provide. You may still struggle with stubborn belly fat even if you've hit your target weight. Additionally, excess abdominal skin due to pregnancy or massive weight loss can not be reversed without surgical intervention. If you want a toned abdomen, tummy tuck surgery is an excellent option for you.

To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, visit Biolite or schedule an appointment with us.

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