Do you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your abdominal region? If so, you’re not alone. However, you don’t have to choose your outfits based on how well they hide your stomach. You can get a tummy tuck at the office of Dr. Bruce Kadz in Beverly Hills, CA. Today, we’re taking a closer look at this procedure, including whether it is worth it.
Is a Tummy Tuck Worth It?
Yes, a tummy tuck is absolutely worth it. In just three months, you will be pleased by the appearance of your abdomen. By six months post-op, you will be astonished by how flat your stomach looks and wonder why you didn’t get this procedure sooner.
Even better, if you maintain a healthy lifestyle, there is a very high probability that you will maintain your ideal results for the rest of your life. However, there is a small chance that you will need a follow-up procedure in the future if you become pregnant in the future.
A Great Choice to Get Back Your Ideal Body
If you had your ideal body when you were younger and lost it due to pregnancy, an illness, or an injury. For example, people experience extreme changes in their abdominal region after a ventral hernia or massive weight loss. A tummy tuck is worth it because it can be used to eliminate a small amount of excess fat, eliminate a great deal of excess skin, and tighten and repair loose or torn abdominal muscles. This results in a flat, tight, beautiful stomach.
Ideal Candidates for This Procedure
You may be an ideal candidate for this procedure if you are in fairly good health and concerned about the appearance of your abdominal region. However, you may not be completely satisfied with the results of your procedure if you have a great deal of excess abdominal fat. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is only designed to remove a small amount of fat.
If you have a lot of abdominal fat, you may need to receive liposuction in addition to abdominoplasty to achieve your ideal contours. Typically, we look for fairly healthy individuals who are within 20% of their ideal weight.
Can I Qualify for This Procedure If I’m a Smoker?
It is ideal if you are a non-smoker because you must go several weeks before and after your procedure without nicotine. It is a very good idea to not smoke before your procedure because nicotine elevates your blood pressure.
To reiterate, you need to be in fairly good health to qualify, and your blood pressure must fall within a healthy range at the time of your scheduled appointment. Also, if you smoke during your recovery period, your recovery will take longer than it should.
Can I Qualify If I Have Trouble Maintaining My Weight?
You should be confident that you can maintain your weight fairly well to be considered a good candidate for this procedure. Ideally, your weight should not fluctuate by more than 10 pounds post-op.
Combining Treatments for Maximum Results
As stated previously, you may need to combine liposuction with abdominoplasty to achieve your ideal results. During your initial consultation, we will discuss all of your cosmetic concerns and tailor a treatment plan that will address all of your concerns as efficiently as possible. We strongly recommend addressing all of your concerns at once because you will only have to take a week or two off from work regardless of the number of procedures you receive.
Maintaining Your Ideal Results
Once your procedure is over, you need to be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you gain a significant amount of weight post-op, the fat cells in your abdomen may store the excess energy, affecting your results.
Also, if you lift something too heavy, you may develop a ventral hernia and tear your abdominal wall. For the greatest chance of maintaining your ideal results, eat well-balanced meals most of the time, exercise at least 2.5 hours per week, and always lift with your legs instead of your back.
Benefits of This Treatment That Are Often Overlooked
A tummy tuck doesn’t just improve your appearance. There are also several other benefits of this procedure that people often overlook.
Your Bladder Could Thank You
An unfortunate side effect of the natural aging process is a weakening bladder. Also, younger women often experience frequent urination and accidental leaks due to pregnancy. If you find yourself leaking when you cough, sneeze, laugh, jump, or run, you can benefit greatly from a tummy tuck. Your pelvic floor muscles will be strengthened, strengthening your bladder and preventing stress-induced leaks.
Your Posture Could Improve
You may find that your posture improves significantly following abdominoplasty. This is due to the fact that your abdominal wall makes up such a significant part of your core. The stronger your core is, the more your spine will elongate. This will improve your posture and reduce lower back and neck pain.
When your abdominal muscles are weak, your back muscles have to pick up the extra slack supporting your core. This leads to lower back muscles that are so tense all of the time that they hurt. Also, you may notice that you look much slimmer after this procedure because hunching over due to a weak core can make you look heavier than you really are.
Your Loose Skin Could Be Gone for Good
The two most frustrating things about extreme weight loss are loose skin and excess skin. Loose skin can make you feel self-conscious about your slimmer physique, and excess skin often bunches up beneath clothing, making you look heavier than you are. Also, loose skin can lead to the development of painful rashes.
With this procedure, excess skin will be removed and loose skin will be tightened. Your abdominal region will become smooth, making you look much slimmer under your clothes and giving you the self-confidence to rock your favorite bikini or crop top.
Your Muscle Tone Could Improve
While exercise can usually enhance muscle tone, you won’t get the tight stomach muscles you want on your own if you’ve had a ventral hernia or been pregnant. Such life events can damage the abdominal muscles to the point that they cannot heal on their own. Luckily, abdominoplasty can repair torn muscles and tighten loose muscles to give you the six-pack you desire.
Your Stretch Marks Could Be a Thing of the Past
Rapid weight gain, such as weight gain that occurs during pregnancy, often results in stretch marks. If you were lucky enough to gain weight without abdominal stretch marks, you may have developed a few after losing weight.
Some people are proud of their stretch marks because they are a reminder that they created a life or lost a significant amount of weight. However, most people wish they could eliminate their stretch marks for good. Luckily, abdominoplasty can be used to remove excess skin with stretch marks on it. This can help you feel more self-confident in your favorite bathing suit.
Restore Your Ideal Aesthetic Today
You don’t have to spend the rest of your life self-conscious about your stomach. A tummy tuck is absolutely worth it because it restores your ideal abdominal contours following extreme weight fluctuations or the natural aging process.
If you’re ready to change your physique for the better, contact us today at the office of Dr. Bruce Kadz in Beverly Hills, CA to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and helping you restore your self-confidence and toned physique.