A tummy tuck can seem like a miracle procedure. And while it can be an exciting step toward your dream figure, it’s not a miracle solution to all of your midsection woes. What can a tummy tuck do?
It can help flatten your tummy and remove excess skin. What can’t it do? Tummy tucks can’t prevent future weight gain and rid you of stretch marks.
What a Tummy Tuck Can Do
A tummy tuck can do a lot. For starters, it can help you achieve a flatter stomach by removing excess fat. The surgery can help you tailor your silhouette and often also includes the repair of abdominal muscles weakened by childbirth. A tummy tuck can also remove excess, saggy skin left behind by pregnancy or significant weight loss. How much skin you can expect to lose, and your overall results will depend on your body and what your surgeon thinks is safely achievable.
What a Tummy Tuck Can’t Do
A tummy tuck is not a surgery to prevent future weight gain. The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who is able to maintain a stable, healthy weight. While fat is removed during the surgery, that won’t stop it from coming back. A tummy tuck also won’t help you tackle stubborn stretch marks.
So while you can’t hinge your hopes on a tummy tuck to cure all of your tummy troubles, it can help you get closer to your ideal shape, loose excess skin and feel better about your figure.