A lot of people are turning to surgery as a viable option to help them achieve loss loss, but it is not something that should be entered into lightly. Making the decision to have any surgery is massive and is never without risk, get as much information and advice as possible before going ahead. Weight loss surgery should only ever be seen as a last resort. One of the most popular procedures available today is a tummy tuck, but what exactly is it?
What Is A Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is the name given to a medical procedure called abdominoplasty. If it is performed purely on it's own will not result in or lead to significant weight loss. It is an operation that is often given to someone who has experienced a large amount of weight loss, and has been left with a lot of loose excess skin.A tummy tuck is an operation that improves appearance as it removes a person's excess skin and fat from around the stomach area. Another aspect of the procedure is that the stomach muscles around the abdominal wall are tightened and repaired. A tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction to remove larger amounts of fat.
Is A Tummy Tuck Right For Me?
A tummy tuck operation is normally classed as an aesthetic procedure, in other words it is done for the sake of appearance (vanity reasons) rather than for health reasons. This is why the procedure is normally not available on the NHS or covered by medical insurance. Stomach muscles can collapse as a result of childbirth, and this can lead to unsightly loose skin around the belly. Once stomach muscles have collapsed, there will be a gap between them in the middle of the stomach, and no amount of exercise or diet will tighten them or get rid of the loose skin. It all comes down to how unhappy the loose skin and appearance of your lower belly makes you feel.
The Psychological Effects Of Surgery
Just because a tummy tuck is classed as a procedure for the sake of vanity, that does not mean that it is wrong for you. If a person has an intense dislike for their appearance, it can affect their happiness, confidence and general mental well-being. Deciding to go ahead with surgery is a very personal decision and all the pros and cons need to be weighed up. All operations carry risk and a tummy tuck will leave you with a permanent scar, you need to decide if the end justifies the means.
No surgical procedure should be used as a quick fix or seen as a substitution for a well balanced diet and regular exercise. Talk to your doctor and think long and hard before deciding if a tummy tuck is right for you.