Tummy Tucks: How Do I Know When Regular Exercise Just Isn't Enough?

  • Posted on: 15 August 2018
  • By: Dr. Mucci

The stomach can be one of the most difficult target areas for women and men alike. As our body goes through numerous physical changes, excess skin and fat can find their way to our midsection causing endless frustration and discouragement.

 

With consistent exercise and a healthy diet, you can combat some of the less appealing characteristics that may plague your tummy. Finding a workout regimen that you enjoy or breaking certain eating habits that may cause you to bloat or pack on pounds in the midsection can go a long way, but how do you know when it’s just not enough? And what can you do about it?

Are you at your ideal weight?

You’ve worked hard. You’ve changed your diet. You have a solid workout routine. You feel good. You feel strong. You feel confident. You’re at your ideal weight. Congratulations! You’ve done awesome.

 

But, your tummy just isn’t where you want it. It doesn’t look how you imagined. Maybe there’s some excess skin. Maybe the skin sags a bit in places you don’t want it to.

 

At this point, you just want to look the way you feel on the inside. You’re thinking about the aesthetics. And that’s completely normal! You’ve worked hard for what you have and you want how you look to reflect that.

 

It’s time to go for your consult. Talk to a surgeon, see what they recommend, and make sure you’re comfortable with their assessments. Some surgeons might recommend doing light liposuction in addition to a tummy tuck. Make sure you know exactly what your surgeon is planning so you’re completely confident in the procedure.

Are you comfortable being out of commission for several weeks?

A tummy tuck can take you out of the game for several weeks. The surgery itself is invasive, with skin being removed and stretched and muscles being tightened. A major incision is made across your abdomen. In short, don’t expect to be running any marathons or lifting any weights for at least four to six weeks.

What you can expect is swelling, redness, and possible bruising. Expect to sleep in a reclined position. Expect to possibly need someone to help you out for the first week of recovery.

 

The procedure itself can produce incredible results but be prepared for some of the discomforts that come with it.

Are you comfortable with a scar?

Like it or not, a tummy tuck will likely produce a scar. Such invasive procedures are likely to do that. Experienced surgeons will be able to strategically place the incision so it can be easily hidden under clothing or a bathing suit line. But do know, it will be there. And it will be permanent.

 

 

All-in-all, a tummy tuck is a great way to sculpt the contours you desire. However, every person’s body is different. Your desires and expectations should be thoroughly discussed with your surgeon prior to the surgery. Be cognizant of your concerns — whether it be excess skin or a stubborn tummy “pooch” that won’t go away — and fully articulate them to your doctor so they’re able to provide you with the best possible care.

 

If you’ve been considering a tummy tuck for a long time, contact us today to schedule your consultation!