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Who Can Benefit From a Tummy Tuck?

May 09, 2022

Who Can Benefit From a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tucks are among the most versatile and effective cosmetic surgeries available, but they’re not for everyone. Here are some of the boxes you have to check to be a candidate for a tummy tuck.

Tummy tucks and other cosmetic procedures may seem like modern solutions to age-old problems, but the first tummy tuck was actually performed back in the early 1800s. 

Hundreds of years ago, surgeons would use this surgical technique mainly as a medical intervention for open wounds. If you were a patient back then, you typically left the operating table without a belly button. 

Thankfully, medicine has since made incredible advancements, and the tummy tuck procedure offers patients a way to correct frustrating flaws (and keep their belly buttons in the process). At Plastic Surgery Associates of Long Island, our providers can help if you’re less than pleased with the way your body looks. 

During the procedure, we carefully remove excess skin and fat from your abdomen and tighten your abdominal wall muscles. Then, we reposition the remaining skin to create a tighter, more toned look. 

Tummy tucks are extremely common procedures (nearly 130,000 are performed annually), but they’re still major surgeries. That’s why our team of expert plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Associates of Long Island conducts a thorough review of your health history and your treatment goals before giving the green light. Here are a few situations that could make you a good candidate.

You’re trying to recover from pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the most incredible transformations a woman makes. But the evidence of that transformation often lingers and leaves scars, sagging skin, and weak muscles in its wake. Fortunately, a tummy tuck can help you take your first steps toward recovering your pre-pregnancy body. 

Your muscles are weak

Tight, toned abs are never out of fashion, but they may be out of your reach if you’ve recently had surgery or if you’ve sustained an injury. Both traumatic events can widen and stretch your abdominal muscles. Many women who underwent a C-section during delivery also struggle with weak abs. Sometimes, flat abs seem unattainable, even if you’re healthy and workout regularly. 

Whatever’s causing your flimsy abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck is an effective way to firm them up.

You’re struggling with stretch marks

Stretch marks are those annoying, flesh-colored, silvery stripes that crop up all over your body. They develop on your tummy area anytime your skin stretches. Pregnancy, weight changes, and even genetics all play a role in how severe your stretch marks are. 

With a tummy tuck, we can remove those areas of your tummy plagued with stretch marks, giving you smoother-looking skin. 

If you have stretch marks on other areas of your body, talk to us about how we can help you deal with those problem spots, as well.

You just had liposuction

Liposuction is an excellent way to get rid of excess fat, but it can result in lots of excess skin. We often recommend getting a tummy tuck after liposuction to complete your transformation. 

You’re unhappy with your body type

Seldom are people born with the “perfect” body type — and that goes for the celebrities on the red carpet, too. If you’re looking to make some adjustments to your silhouette, a tummy tuck is a great place to start. 

You’re getting older

Unfortunately, Father Time comes for us all, and the first part of our body to feel the effects is typically our skin. Below the surface level of your skin, two powerful proteins, collagen and elastin, act as building blocks. 

When you’re younger, you have enough of these proteins to keep your skin looking strong, healthy, and supple. As you get older, however, your stores of collagen and elastin dwindle, and your skin starts to sag. This can make your abdominal skin look shriveled and spent, and it makes you a great candidate for a tummy tuck.

Having back pain

Laxity of abdominal wall muscles can be the cause of severe back pain. 

During an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck we tighten the lax abdominal muscles and bring them back to their original location. This improves posture and helps relieve back pain.

 

Want to see if tummy tucks are right for you? We’d love to talk with you. Don’t hesitate to request an appointment online or over the phone at our Roslyn Heights, New York, office today.