If you are working hard to maintain your youthful figure, you may find that one of the most challenging areas of the body is the abdomen. As men and women age, bodies change and many people experience weight gain and a weakening of their abdominal walls. For women, the most obvious cause of abdominal change is having babies; for men, it’s a reduction in testosterone. Whatever the reason, a taut and toned tummy is tougher to maintain the older you get. Here are the top five reasons a tummy tuck might be right for you!
Why Choose a Tummy Tuck?
The primary goal of a tummy tuck for our patients in Chicago is to get a flatter and more toned abdomen. Although liposuction can reduce the fat cells that often reside in this area, it cannot reinforce the muscles or eliminate excess skin. Once the skin of the stomach stretches to the point of no return, there are several reasons that it may be time to consider a tummy tuck. They are:
1. Remove Excess Skin
After weight fluctuations or pregnancy, the elasticity of the skin is challenged by a reduction of collagen or elastin in the dermal structure. Even if you’ve had weight loss through diet and exercise, these changes cannot get rid of extra, stretched skin. Excessive skin that droops from the abdomen is a major concern for many of our patients. They complain that not only does it appear unattractive, but it often makes many of their clothing options uncomfortable.
A tummy tuck can remove excess skin and recontour the middle, revealing a beautifully smooth silhouette and giving you back your sleek midsection.
2. Reinforce Abdominal Wall
When weight fluctuations or pregnancy stretch the abdominal muscles, these can result in permanent damage to the abdominal wall. Unfortunately, this problem will not reverse itself, even with muscle-building exercises. Tummy tuck surgery will pull the muscles together and reinforce the abdominal wall with sturdy sutures. This process will cause the underlying tissues to return to their youthful contour and restore the strength of your core.
3. Fat Bulge
When excess fat pads remain after weight-loss or pregnancy and refuse to leave despite your best efforts, a tummy tuck can help. Dr. Dreyfuss often employs liposuction with a tummy tuck to eliminate unwanted fat cells and return the tummy to a sprightly form. Once the cells are gone, they will not return, so you can say goodbye to your problem spots.
4. Stretch Marks and Scarring
Because the tummy tuck removes excess skin, often stretch marks will be eliminated. If a woman has had a C-Section and significant scarring in the lower abdomen, these may also be significantly reduced.
5. Hernia Repair
A common consequence of weight fluctuation, particularly with men, is a hernia. In some cases, while performing a tummy tuck, Dr. Dreyfuss can repair a hernia as part of the surgery and create changes to the abdominal wall that will prevent the future formation of hernias. If you have a hernia or have had them in the past, you can discuss this during your consultation to ensure the most comprehensive approach in the surgical plan.
If you struggle with the contour of your tummy and want to rejuvenate your figure, but need help, Dr. Dreyfuss can explain your options and create a customized surgical plan for you. He will explain the procedure in his stress-free clinic on Orland Park. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.