Posted September 09, 2010 in Tummy Tuck
Common Misconceptions about Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
After countless hours of dieting and exercise many men and women often find that the excess skin in their abdominal area will not disappear. Achieving that firmer, flat belly can often be impossible with exercise and dieting alone when a significant weight loss or pregnancy has left loose sagging skin. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty can often be the answer for patients that desire a flat stomach. Patients that are considering a tummy tuck should seek a consultation with a board-certified San Francisco plastic surgeon to see if they are a good candidate and learn about the procedure. Here are some common misconceptions about the tummy tuck procedure.
Many patients believe that their stretch marks can be removed by undergoing an abdominoplasty. While a tummy tuck can remove some stretch mark it is not the goal of the abdominoplasty to remove stretch marks. A tummy tuck is going to remove excess skin from the abdominal area to flatten the midsection. If the excess skin has stretch marks they will be removed and the remaining stretch marks may be improved when the remaining skin is tightened.
Many patients that are considering having a tummy tuck believe that the procedure will aid them in losing weight. While this abdominoplasty procedure will result in some weight loss due to the removal of excess skin it is not meant as a weight loss method. Most plastic surgeons will not consider an abdominoplasty procedure for a patient that is not within a few pounds of their ideal body weight.
Many people have the perception that tummy tuck procedures are only for people that are wealthy or are celebrities. While a tummy tuck is an elective procedure and it can be costly more people are able to consider the procedure by considering financing options and payment plans. The abdominoplasty procedure is often performed on women and men of normal incomes that have loss significant amounts of weight or would like to restore their pre-pregnancy figures.