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.