My West Canton Monthly & My Woodstock Monthly – December 2012
Tummies are one of the hardest areas to keep in line. Why does the food around the holidays have the highest calorie count and taste the best, and why isn’t exercise really as fun as it looks on TV or workout videos? Even worse, why is motherhood rewarded with stretch marks and a pooch that just won’t go away no matter how many sit-ups you do? These are all the reasons why the tummy tuck has become such a popular procedure.
Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a “tummy tuck,” is a cosmetic procedure for both women and men who wish to achieve a flatter, well-toned abdomen. Removing excess fat and skin, and, in most cases, restoring weakened or separated muscles will create an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer — something that many of us strive to achieve. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and saggy. A number of factors contribute to an unflattering waistline or an unattractive tummy. The most common causes are weight gain, pregnancy, aging, heredity and prior surgery.
The abdominoplasty is an extremely satisfying procedure; nothing non-invasive can produce comparable results. Plastic surgeons remove the excess skin to flatten the pooch and narrow the waist by stitching those muscles back to create an improved contour. Plastic surgeons can further shape the waist and hips with liposuction to sculpt smoother curves to give you the profile you deserve. Tummy tucks are an outpatient procedure performed in a state-certified operating room. Recovery time will vary from patient to patient, but generally you can return to normal activities in three to four weeks.
If you have been a very good boy or girl this year, ask Santa to give you a flatter tummy for Christmas. Call a board-certified plastic surgeon today and find out if you are a candidate for a tummy tuck procedure.