Since the 1800’s, women have gone to extraordinary lengths to contour and reshape their torso (or other parts of their bodies). Some try to portray as close to an hourglass silhouette as genes and bones allow. Cinch the waist. Flatten the gut. Accentuate rounded hips. Showcase a full bosom.
Over time, ladies’ garments of constriction have evolved. We’ve journeyed from corsets (sometimes made of whale bone!) to girdles, and now — thank the gods of negligible comfort — Spanx. Through the years and trends, many have endured incredible discomfort to achieve a Barbie-like illusion of sexy-thin-fit-curvaceousness.
What about a torso-trimmer that you don’t have to “put on” and “take off?”
What about one that doesn’t feel like an adult boa constrictor squeezing the last breath from your chest cavity?
And, while we’re stating demands, how about a beauty solution that can hide the tracks that pregnancies and Pringles have left behind in the form of skin now so loose, it dimples and folds?
Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck?
- Are you in good overall health?
- Are you NO LONGER planning to have children? (This procedure tightens your vertical muscles, and future pregnancies could cause a hernia by separating those very same muscles.)
- Is your weight stable, and not yo-yoing up and down?
- Do you have excessive deposits of fat, or loose skin around your abdominal area?
- Do you have a protruding, bulging or saggy belly that doesn’t decrease with exercise and good nutrition?
If your answer to these questions is “yes,” then you are a great candidate for a tummy tuck.
What is a tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that surgically sculpts the “trunk” of your body by removing excess skin and fat, and by tightening the muscles in your abdominal walls. The end-result is a flatter, tighter core.
Please don’t think of a tummy tuck as a short-cut or alternative for weight loss, because it isn’t. It’s a surgical procedure to remove excess skin after weight loss. However, a liposuction might be a procedure to consider if you’re wanting to get rid of unwanted fat.
Those who have had multiple pregnancies, and extreme or sudden weight loss, benefit most from this procedure.
What are the three kinds of abdominoplasties?
Complete – This option offers correction of the full torso, and also requires a longer incision, which happens along the pubic line, hip bone to hip bone.
Partial/Mini – This option is especially suitable for clients whose fat concentration is below the navel and, therefore, requires shorter incisions.
Circumferential – In addition to removing fat from the abdomen, this option includes the hip and back regions.
For two weeks before, and two weeks after a tummy tuck, it is important to completely avoid smoking. All nicotine gum, patches and products should also be avoided, as these things increase complications, and delay healing. Allow 4 to 6 weeks for recovery.