The skin on the abdomen is accommodating in that it stretches with weight gain or pregnancy, but not everyone has the genetics for elastic, forgiving skin. No matter how much you exercise or watch your diet, the skin may never snap back and give you a tight, toned torso. Luckily, you don’t have to keep your saggy skin. A tummy tuck procedure, also called abdominoplasty, is a surgery designed to remove the excess skin and tighten the underlying muscles and remaining skin. If you’re not satisfied with your midsection and are ready to consider a permanent solution, a tummy tuck may be just what you need to tone your figure.
Balancing Your Overall Figure
Careful nutrition and energetic exercise will likely whittle away most other problem areas, considering that the muscles in the arms and legs plump up and fill in extra skin. This is especially true in cases of pregnancy and moderate weight loss. With the midsection, however, there is no way to plump up your abdominal muscles that much. It’s simply not possible. As you work out your abs, they will get tighter and flatter, leaving the excess skin to hang and sag. If you want your abdomen to match the rest of the figure you’ve worked so hard to get, a tummy tuck can get you a much better result.
Highlighting a Narrowed Midsection
Whether it’s formal wear or jeans and a t-shirt, most clothing is cut in such a way that makes hiding the midsection impossible. Certain styles designed to do so, such as shift dresses and empire waists, often make the wearer look fat or pregnant. This can be devastating if you certainly aren’t expecting or have worked hard to lose weight.
Men have a similar problem, as wearing a suit that actually fits doesn’t hide a stomach pouch or love handles. Even tucking a shirt into pants can make a man look heavier than he is if there is excess skin. A tummy tuck can make you proud to wear clothes that fit. You won’t need girdles or billowing fabric to hide the problem anymore.
Eliminating the Side View Belly
Some people lose weight or have a baby and are perfectly happy with their silhouette when viewed from the front. They have no love handles and the flesh curves perfectly down to their hips. That is, until they turn sideways. Then they cringe at the hanging skin and rounded appearance of the lower abdomen. Thousands of sit-ups or crunches later, the problem is still there. A tummy tuck removes that excess skin and improves the side view.
Learn More During a Consultation
If you are considering a tummy tuck, schedule an appointment with Dr. Karlin at Nova Cosmetic Center in Orlando. We’d be happy to review your situation and advise you of all your options.