Stubborn belly fat is so prevalent that it is known by common colloquialisms such as a “beer belly,” “spare tire,” and “muffin top.” Try as we might, exercise and dieting are not always successful at getting rid of the extra pudge. If you are struggling unsuccessfully to purge stubborn abdominal fat, there is another option: a tummy tuck can trim your waistline and improve your body contour.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a major surgery on your abdomen. As the name suggests, a tummy tuck “tucks in the tummy” by eliminating excess skin, removing excess fat, and tightening the muscles of the stomach wall. This surgery can eliminate a protruding belly and restore your waistline so that it looks smooth and firm instead of loose and flabby.
Who Can Get a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is best for those who have a well-established diet and exercise routine. Ideal candidates will be healthy and fairly fit but have persistent belly fat or loose belly skin that won’t tighten or go away. Some of the best candidates are women who have had multiple pregnancies that have overstretched their stomachs so that they cannot return to normal. Men with excess belly fat may also be excellent candidates. If you are planning on losing a lot of weight, postpone any thoughts of surgery until your weight is stable. You should also postpone surgery if you are planning to become pregnant, as a subsequent pregnancy could reverse the results of tummy tuck surgery.
What Can I Expect From a Tummy Tuck?
Because a tummy tuck is a major surgery, you should expect that the experience will not exactly be easy. The surgery will last several hours, and you will need to be driven home and rest a lot. You may need to take several weeks off of work to heal. You will likely experience discomfort and swelling as your body recovers, and you will have a scar from the incision. However, after your recovery, you can expect positive results and a dramatically improved abdominal shape. Your abdomen will be firmer, thinner, and tighter without the excess skin and fat that bothered you for so long. Your stomach muscles will be more engaged so that your tummy doesn’t look bloated or loose. Once Dr. Scroggins has given his approval, you can resume exercise to help your body feel and look even better. As you exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet, your results will be long lasting and you can enjoy your new, flatter waistline for years to come.
Dr. Scroggins can perform tummy tuck surgery to improve your body contour and eliminate your stubborn belly fat and excess skin. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Scroggins today, you can reach us at (301) 220-0400 or via our online contact form.
Many people light up with interest when they hear about the mini tummy tuck. This procedure results in a shorter recovery time and smaller scars than you would have with a traditional tummy tuck. While the mini tummy tuck is a wonderful procedure, not everyone will get the best results with this option. The details below will give you a better idea of which procedure is right for you.
Traditional Tummy Tuck
A traditional tummy tuck, also called “abdominoplasty,” removes excess skin on the abdomen and also tightens the underlying muscles. The tightening of the abdominal muscles is what gives the abdomen the desired flat appearance and thus banishes all signs of a protruding belly.
This procedure is often combined with liposuction if the patient has excess fat to be removed in the area. Typically, patients who experience the best results have significant sagging skin in their abdomen and have maintained their ideal weight for several months.
The vast majority of patients are very happy with the results after a traditional tummy tuck. The only complaint is that a scar remains across the pelvis that spans from hip to hip. In most cases, this scar can be easily hidden beneath most cuts of underwear and swimwear.
Mini Tummy Tuck
The mini tummy tuck, or “miniabdominoplasty,” is the ideal procedure for those who have excess skin in their lower abdomen only, which is often the result of pregnancy. The mini tummy tuck does not address the middle of the abdomen and it does not tighten the underlying muscles. Recovery time is shorter than the traditional tummy tuck, but the results are less dramatic. Men and women who need minor improvement to the lower abdomen benefit most from this procedure.
The best way to determine the tummy tuck procedure that is right for you is to schedule a consultation with an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon. Dr. Scroggins would be happy to review your options and assess your needs. To schedule an appointment, please call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today.
With 2015 already upon us, you’ve likely already began your New Year’s resolution(s). If you’re like most people, your aspirations include improving yourself by losing weight or eating healthier. However, there are a lot of little things that you can do that also benefit your long-term physical and mental health.
In an effort to ensure that you enjoy a fulfilled 2015, consider doing the following:
Wear a Pedometer
Walking is the easiest form of exercise, and it helps to lower blood pressure and balance cholesterol levels. Various studies have shown that wearing a pedometer encourages you to walk more than you regularly would.
Don’t Overindulge on Vitamin Supplements
Many people are very enthused about taking all kinds of vitamin supplements these days. However, getting your vitamins from food and drinks is still the best way to get the nutrients your body needs. Taking a multivitamin on a daily basis is fine, but don’t completely rely on it to make up for nutrition that you don’t consume naturally.
Decrease Sugar Intake
Collagen is the connective tissue in the skin responsible for keeping it tight and elastic. Sugar can have a negative effect on collagen through a process known as glycation. This process occurs when sugar enters the bloodstream and attaches to proteins, which forms new molecules that permanently damage collagen in the skin.
Consider Cosmetic Treatment
Whether you’re looking for subtle improvements or a more dramatic transformation, there are a variety of cosmetic procedures available to give you the confidence you deserve. For example, skin resurfacing can improve imperfections such as dark spots and fine lines, fat transfer can eliminate stubborn fat and use it to enhance other areas of the body, and tummy tuck surgery can improve the abdominal region. Click here to see all of the cosmetic procedures we offer.
We hope you have a fantastic 2015 and look forward to seeing you soon! To schedule a consultation with Dr. Carlton Scroggins, please call (301) 220-0400 or fill out our online contact form today.