While surgery may seem like the quickest option to a slimmer, trimmer body, is it really a suitable alternative to losing weight the long-term way?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are those who are active, healthy, don’t smoke and have realistic expectations about what this surgery will achieve. After all, there will be scarring. There will be some sagging skin, and there is the possibility of complications.
How does fat work?
It’s important to think of a fat cell like a balloon. When the cell is empty, a person looks thinner and has more muscle definition. The cell is still there though; as long as they burn more energy then you take in. As soon as a person burns less energy, perhaps though a sedentary lifestyle, bad eating habits or poor diet, fat will start to be stored. People gain weight because, like a balloon, fat cells expand (which is a process called hypertrophy). In cases of significant weight gain, they then will break off and multiply to create more (called hyperplasia).
How is a tummy tuck performed?
The procedure’s aim is to make the abdomen firm, by removing excess pockets of fat and saggy skin caused by dramatic weight loss or pregnancy.
According to Jeremy Hunt, In a complete abdominoplasty, an incision is made from hip to hip at the bikini line, while the bully button and skin is detached to separate muscle from fat. The excess skin and fat is cut away, drains are inserted to collect waste fluid and the surgical site is stitched and dressed. The muscles themselves can also be tightened and stretched to give an all over more sculpted look.
It’s sometimes possible for surgeons to do a mini tuck, which leaves the belly button in place. This is still invasive but leaves less of a scar.
Who is it suitable for?
Contrary to popular belief, tummy tuck surgery sees the best results on patients who are simply reducing a stubborn pocket of fat, rather than trying to cheat their bodies out of a good diet and exercise. Overweight patients may be refused surgery due to the safety risks, slower healing times, and the strain it puts on the body.
It’s also not suitable for people with unrealistic expectations. The truth is, the surgery is very invasive. There’s downtime of at least 6 weeks, and longer before you can consider normal activities such as driving, shopping, or even picking up children. There will be scarring, which may be noticeable, especially around the navel.
Although the fat cells will be gone, the surrounding calls have the potential to expand and break off. Which is why although it may seem like a quick fix, a healthy lifestyle is still needed.
If surgery is something you’re considering, ensure you’re at a healthy weight and you’ve burnt as much fat before the surgery as possible. Start getting into good eating habits and partake in regular exercise to keep weight down. If you know no amount of exercise will shift your mummy tummy or beer belly, ensure you choose a surgeon well skilled in the procedure. Preparing this way will mean you sculpt the perfect body for you.
Further details can be found at Web MD.