What Can a Tummy Tuck Do For You?
Tummy Tuck Surgery In Orange County
There is probably no cosmetic surgery procedure that is as powerful, and life-transforming, as a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck, which is also known as an abdominoplasty, can help women or men to improve the appearance and tightness of the abdomen or tummy in a beautiful and dramatic fashion. In summary, this procedure eliminates loose and excess skin and fat from the belly, tightens and flattens the muscles, and improves drooping in the pubic area. Often, all or most stretch marks can be removed at the same time.
Women frequently benefit from tummy tucks after having children. The skin and muscles become stretched during pregnancy, and often don’t tighten up fully after the pregnancy is over. When this occurs, no amount of dieting, sit-ups or other exercise will help: the extra skin must be cut out. Many of my patients who were embarrassed to wear any types of swimsuits actually resume wearing bikinis after their tummy tuck! The stretch marks from pregnancy are cut out during a tummy tuck, although stretch marks in the upper part of the abdomen may remain after surgery (but will usually look smoother and better).
Other patients, including men, seek a tummy tuck to address the loose, droopy skin that can result after losing a lot of weight. These patients are often thin, without any excess fat, but with skin so loose and wrinkled that it’s unattractive and even uncomfortable. A tummy tuck can eliminate that skin, and give patients the appearance and sense of good health that they were seeking when they lost so much weight in the first place. On my website, www.ataleisnikmd.com, is a touching testimonial from a woman whose life was transformed after I performed a tummy tuck for her following massive weight loss. She now runs in long-distance races, participates in triathlons, and feels more fit and attractive than ever.
Even patients that are still very overweight can benefit from a tummy tuck. I’ve operated on many patients who were 70 pounds or more over their ideal weight, but had been unable to lose any significant amount of weight despite many diets and exercise programs. When someone so overweight works hard to diet and exercise, and loses 10 pounds, he or she looks in the mirror and sees little change, since the rolls and loose skin of the abdomen hide the changes. It becomes discouraging, which is why so many people then give up and regain the weight. After a tummy tuck, with the fat, skin and rolls eliminated, even a 10 pound loss of weight results in an obvious change in appearance and the way that clothes fit. Patients who could never lose and keep off weight before are often able to lose large amounts of weight after the tummy tuck, because it’s so much easier to stay motivated when the changes are visible. Also, it becomes much easier to exercise without the extra tissue on the belly. Most of the before and after tummy tuck photos on my website, www.ataleisnikmd.com, were taken about 6 weeks after the surgery, and show the results of the surgery itself. A few show patients who were able to lose a lot of weight after their tummy tucks, resulting in an appearance change that is truly miraculous.
There are different types of tummy tucks, and different technical points that distinguish an excellent tummy tuck from others. I’ll write more about these issues in futures articles on this blog. It is crucial to understand from the start the importance of choosing a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, as I am. I wrote a previous article about this topic, emphasizing that many doctors may offer a procedure such as this, but only a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery has the necessary education, training, background, and experience to provide you with the best chances of a beautiful result, with the highest safety level and quality of care.
Dr. Andres Taleisnik