Summary: There are plenty of commonly known tummy tuck benefits. For the most part, patients are interested in this procedure because they want to achieve a more slender belly and there is a significant amount of excess skin interfering with that desire. Eliminating excess skin is difficult to do with only diet and exercise–so surgery becomes a very tempting option. Just how well does tummy tuck work? Are tummy tuck benefits worth it?
What Are Some Common Tummy Tuck Benefits?
Tummy tuck is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed today, so taking a look at some common tummy tuck benefits seems like it might shed some light on why, precisely, this procedure continues to have so many takers. Indeed, tummy tuck is easily in the top ten most popular procedures year after year (often, tummy tuck makes its way into the top five).
So what is it about tummy tuck that makes it so popular? What are the tummy tuck benefits that people anticipate before their surgery? Well, we can think about it like this: there are both obvious benefits and subtle benefits. And it’s both of those sets of benefits working together that really make tummy tuck surgery a popular option.
It should be said, of course, that you’ll want to consult with your plastic surgeon before making any tummy tuck related decisions. Just because the tummy tuck is relatively popular doesn’t actually mean it’ll be a good fit for your goals or your body. And we aren’t medical experts, so definitely take some time to discuss your options with your plastic surgeon. Common tummy tuck benefits may apply to you, but they also may not. Finding out what your options are is precisely what a plastic surgery consultation is intended to do.
The More Visible Benefits of Tummy Tuck
As we mentioned before, tummy tuck benefits can be divided into two categories: the obvious and the subtle. Or, perhaps a better way to delineate those benefits is to talk about them in terms of visible benefits and invisible benefits.
The visible benefits of Tummy Tuck surgery are well established, and they probably won’t surprise you:
- Tummy tuck surgery will eliminate excess skin from around the belly area
- With that excess skin eliminated, patients will look significantly more slender
- The slenderness of the tummy area will blend in seamlessly with the rest of the body; the goal is that it will look natural
- The tummy area will then look significantly more youthful in addition to more slender
These are the most common, and often the most visible, benefits of tummy tuck. Patients want to eliminate excess skin–and that excess skin can’t really be mitigated any other way. Diet and exercise don’t do a whole lot about excess skin. Unfortunately, there are plenty of things that can stretch out that skin in the first place, from weight loss to pregnancy.
The Less Visible Benefits of Tummy Tuck
Why would you want to get rid of excess skin? Well, simply put, excess skin can be deflating for some people. That skin can look and feel like excess fat–excess volume–no matter how well you regulate your diet. And that can make patients feel uncomfortable in their own bodies. Which brings us to the less visible benefits of tummy tuck surgery:
- Patients who undergo tummy tuck often report a significant rise in confidence and self-esteem (it should be noted that this procedure works best for patients who really wanted to have the procedure performed).
- Often, patients will feel more comfortable with their bodies after a tummy tuck
- Surgery will often strengthen the structure of the abdominal muscles, leading to an increase in slenderness (and, often, a decrease in incontinence over time).
These benefits, though often unseen, are often just as significant as the more visible aspects of tummy tuck surgery.
Make Sure Tummy Tuck is the Right Fit
It’s important, then, to ensure that tummy tuck surgery is the right for your needs. That’s especially true because tummy tuck recovery can be exceptionally challenging. The incision for a tummy tuck necessarily has to be relatively long (though it’s usually well hidden in the long run), and this can lead to a recovery period that typically spans several weeks to a few months.
And yet, despite that discomfort, tummy tuck procedures have an astonishingly high satisfaction rate. The reason for that, I think, is that the results tend to be quite transformative. The trick is knowing that you’re a good fit for a tummy tuck procedure. Some patients, for example, might benefit more from a liposuction (or from liposuction combined with a tummy tuck).
That’s why talking to your surgeon about your desired tummy tuck results is vital if you want to achieve any of these common tummy tuck benefits. It all starts with a conversation with your plastic surgeon!
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About the Author: Dan Voltz is a writer who specializes in writing about cosmetic and plastic surgery. He is consistently checking in with surgeons to ensure he has the latest, up to date information.