Why Tummy Tuck is Still the Best Choice for that Unwanted Belly Fat

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Perhaps you’ve been staring at that post-pregnancy muffin top and wondering about the best way to get rid of it. Or maybe you’ve lost weight but have a little stomach flab that refuses to leave. 

When you’re trying to find the best way to get rid of unwanted belly fat, you should always consider a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck has several benefits over other methods of losing belly fat such as liposuction or freezing. 

You should consult American Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, Kiran Polavarapu, MD at Polavarapu Plastic Surgery to determine the best treatment to achieve your desired results. However, here are some reasons why tummy tucks, in general, are the best way to get rid of unwanted belly fat. 

A tummy tuck addresses skin issues 

The main reason why you may choose a tummy tuck over fat reduction through spot-freezing or liposuction is that the tummy tuck addresses the issue of hanging, sagging skin. As you age, your skin naturally loses elasticity and starts to sag. 

One of the areas on your body where this is most visible is on your stomach. This is especially true if you have had previous fluctuations in weight or if you have been pregnant. 

A tummy tuck actually trims away the excess skin so when your skin is reattached, it is stretched out and smooth. This skin shaping often gives people the shape they desire in a way that simple fat removal will not. 

Additionally, because it is usually the skin on the lower stomach that is removed, most stretch marks are removed with it. 

A tummy tuck addresses muscular issues 

In addition to skin issues, a tummy tuck can address muscular problems. The most common problem addressed by a tummy tuck is the separation of the two vertical muscles running through your abdomen. 

These muscles can separate due to age, misuse, weight gain, or pregnancy. When your muscles separate, you may experience several issues including hernias, a misshapen stomach, and poor posture. 

During a tummy tuck, any separated muscles can be pulled together, tightening your muscles and improving their function. Although you may not notice a difference in your ability to perform sit-ups or other strenuous activity, you will likely notice an improvement in your posture and overall comfort. 

A tummy tuck can be effectively applied to a plus size patient

Any type of fat removal is not intended as weight loss and is instead considered body contouring; however, a tummy tuck can still be an effective way to improve your appearance even if you are overweight. 

A study showed that overweight patients who had a tummy tuck actually had more drastic improvement in appearance than those who were average weight or underweight.  

However, it is important to keep in mind that if you lose weight after a tummy tuck, you will likely lose the aesthetic benefits of the procedure. Because of this, it is important that you are at a steady weight and do not plan to lose additional weight. 

Also, not all overweight or obese patients will be a candidate for a tummy tuck. If you are concerned about your weight precluding you from contouring, talk to a local cosmetic surgeon about your concerns. 

A tummy tuck can be safely combined with liposuction  

When it comes to a tummy tuck or liposuction, you do not always have to choose between the two. It is becoming popular to perform mild to moderate liposuction around the hips, buttocks, or sides during a tummy tuck. This can leave you with the exact shape you want after a single procedure instead of undergoing several procedures to perfect your contouring. 

If you have stubborn belly fat that you are ready to lose, schedule a consultation with Dr. Polavarapu at Polvarapu Plastic Surgery in Fort Worth, Texas.

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