Over the years, pregnancy or weight fluctuations may have left you with a bit of a pooch. If you find yourself suddenly feeling self-conscious about your abdomen, one procedure that can significantly help is the tummy tuck. Although the abdominoplasty surgery is a fairly popular one, there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions about what it can and can’t do for your body.
Myth #1: You can have a tummy tuck at the same time as a C-Section.
While it would be convenient to walk away from your C-Section with a trimmer abdominal area, with the help of a tummy tuck, this is not a recommended combination. It is better to wait a few months after you have given birth before scheduling your tummy tuck. One reason for this is simply that pregnancy results in extreme physical changes. It is important to give yourself time to bounce back after baby arrives and see how much your weight decreases over the initial post-pregnancy months. This will help you to establish a stable weight and therefore realistic goals for the tummy tuck results.
A second reason to wait on the tummy tuck, right after your C-Section, is to give you time to focus on your newborn. Sure, you will be taking some time to recover from your C-Section, but this is much simpler than the tummy tuck recovery. Wait about six months, if not longer, after you have delivered so that you have ample time to focus on the new baby in your life, and prepare for your tummy tuck.
Myth #2: A Tummy Tuck is the greatest way to lose weight.
An abdominoplasty should not be used as weight loss surgery. The procedure is designed to remove excess, loose skin, all while tightening the remaining muscles. Just as a tummy tuck is not a method to lose weight, it is also not necessary to lose weight before your abdominoplasty. Talk to your surgeon to determine if you are at a stable weight for surgery. Remember, people at a healthy weight can still have loose skin around their abdomen, making them excellent candidates for a tummy tuck.
One thing is true: you will want to be careful about losing or gaining significant weight after your tummy tuck. Dramatic weight fluctuations after an abdominoplasty can alter the positive results of surgery. The same stands if you have another child after your tummy tuck. Waiting until you have finished having children is often recommended before deciding on a tummy tuck. A few pounds gained or lost will not make a big difference in your results, but 20 or 30 pounds in either direction certainly will.
Myth #3: You will need to have liposuction along with a tummy tuck.
If you have excess fat in your abdominal area, a tummy tuck can easily remove it. If you have a considerable amount of stubborn, excess fat along your stomach, you may be a good candidate for liposuction, either with or without the tummy tuck. The two procedures can be performed together, but it is a misconception that they must be performed at the same time. Some people may not have sufficient fat to make the liposuction a valuable option, while others may not have enough loose skin or excess muscle to warrant a tummy tuck.
Myth #4: You will be left with an ugly, noticable scar.
The tummy tuck procedure does leave a scar, normally running between the hipbones. However, that scar will not be as noticable as you may think. The abdominoplasty scar can easily be concealed under everyday clothing and even under some swimwear. Over time, the scar will fade somewhat. Additionally, while the tummy tuck does leave a scar of its own, the procedure can actually remove other markings. For example, if you had a C-Section during childbirth, a tummy tuck will remove the scars from that procedure.
Dr. Paul Vitenas performs some of the most sought after tummy tucks and liposuction procedures available today, for anyone looking to get their body back after childbirth or dramatic weight loss. To learn more about how Dr. Vitenas can help you, or to set up a tummy tuck consultation, call the office at 281.484.0088. If you live outside of the Houston area, you can also schedule an online consultation; be sure to ask your patient coordinator for details.