For many people, the tummy tuck is a valuable procedure that can thin and beautify the stomach area. It’s been identified as one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures out there for Americans, and as such, there’s a lot of information out there about this procedure.
At the offices of Steven Warnock, MD., we’re glad the tummy tuck – one of our top procedures – is helping so many people. At the same time, we’ve noticed that all the information out there about the tummy tuck has led to some major myths and misconceptions about it. Luckily, we’re here to set the record straight in a few big areas.
Myth #1: Tummy Tucks and Weight Loss
There are actually a couple big myths when it comes to tummy tucks and weight loss, on somewhat opposite sides of the spectrum:
- “Tummy tucks are ‘cheating’ on weight loss, and you can get the same results through diet and exercise”: After major weight loss or pregnancy, certain areas of loose tissue and skin may remain – in many cases, diet and exercise simply don’t get rid of these, even if done in excess. These areas are what tummy tucks are meant for, bringing you results other methods cannot.
- “Tummy tucks jump-start weight loss”: Tummy tucks are not meant as a weight-loss tool. In fact, we will often recommend patients lose weight through other natural methods before scheduling a tummy tuck, which will make the procedure simpler and more effective.
Myth #2: It’s Too Broad
Many patients mistakenly think a tummy tuck is a single, fixed procedure that is the same for everyone – and therefore, that it might not address their specific issues. This isn’t actually true, and in fact there are a few distinctly different types of tummy tuck:
- Full tummy tuck: The traditional tummy tuck, where the surgeon tightens weak muscles and removes unneeded skin through multiple incisions.
- Mini tummy tuck: To eliminate sagging in the lower abdomen only, using a shorter incision.
- Extended tummy tuck: A more involved procedure that handles the upper and lower belly plus the hips and lower back. Multiple incisions might be used.
- Dr. Warnock can work with you to assess your needs and determine which of these formats is best for you.
Myth #3: It’s Only For Young Women
Tummy tucks can indeed help young women recovering from pregnancy or major weight loss, but the idea that it’s limited to this group is misplaced. Tummy tucks are also perfectly acceptable for older adults, and even some men may find benefits from them after losing a great deal of weight and dealing with sagging skin. As long as you do not smoke, have a stable weight and are in reasonable physical health, you could be a candidate for a tummy tuck.
For more on tummy tucks, liposuction or any of our other cosmetic procedures, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Warnock, MD today.