Tummy Tucks from Start to Finish
Part 2: Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?
In this 4 part series Dr. Ali explains tummy tuck surgery from start to finish – and breaks down everything you’ve ever wanted to know about a tummy tuck, including whether a noninvasive body sculpting can give you the same results.
Tummy tucks are popular for both men and women, especially those whose bodies have undergone significant changes from weight loss or, in the case of women, pregnancy. However, tummy tucks are not for everyone.
Remember, tummy tucks have nothing to do with fat. The primary focus is on muscle repair and skin removal. If excess fat is the major focus as opposed to muscle separation or loose skin, or for those who plan on having children, there may be other, better options. In fact, about half of the women who think a tummy tuck is the answer to a flatter belly end up having liposuction instead. In males, the percentage is even higher.
Reasons to Put Off Having a Tummy Tuck
If you are still planning on having children or if you want to lose a significant amount of weight, you may want to put off making a decision to have a tummy tuck. Either of these factors can negatively affect the end result. If you think you may want more children, or if you are still working on reaching your desired weight, it’s best to hold off on a tummy tuck until these milestones are reached.
Some Alternatives to a Tummy Tuck
If excess fat is your main concern, liposuction may be something to consider. Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes the fat that you can’t seem to get rid of through diet or exercise. People who have liposuction generally have a stable body weight, but would like to remove undesirable body fat in specific parts of the body. However, it does not remove cellulite or stretch marks, nor does it address muscle separation or loose skin.
How Tummy Tuck Compares to Non-Invasive Body-Sculpting
Tummy tucks are considerably more involved in terms of the surgery itself, and of course, the recovery. Noninvasive body-contouring procedures such as CoolSculpting and SculpSure are surface level procedures, and therefore can’t come close to achieving the results of a tummy tuck. The way these procedures work is by either freezing or heating fat cells to kill them off, but like liposuction, they don’t address the sagging skin or underlying muscle separation the tummy tuck targets.
If your major concern is excess fat, these noninvasive options can usually reduce superficial fat by an average of 25 percent. So, if you still have tight elastic skin and toned muscles that aren’t stretched, you may find the non-invasive options to be reasonable.
Skilled Tummy Tuck Surgeons
Identifying which procedure is right for you is a complicated question. Dr. Ali can help you explore the various options available, and will work with you to ensure that your goals are met in the best possible way.
A tummy tuck can be a life-changing procedure, helping you regain the slimmer, more youthful silhouette that you long for. There are a lot of things to consider, however. No two patients are identical in terms of the result they hope for. Dr. Ali, a board certified plastic surgeon in Macomb County, will consult with you to determine your goals, and help you decide which procedure will most likely give you what you want. There are several options available.
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Troy, MI area Tummy Tuck Surgeon
Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men get the body they love with tummy tuck surgery. In fact, many men and women get the best abs of their life after a tummy tuck – with firm, tight skin and muscles!
When you schedule a consultation with Troy, MI area surgeon Dr. Ali, he will answer all of your questions – and help you decide if a Tummy Tuck is the right solution for your appearance goals.