Deciding to undergo a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is not something to take lightly. However, many myths have surrounded the popular procedure for years that simply aren’t true. Here are four of the most common myths and why they’re wrong.
Myth No. 1: Tummy Tucks Are Only for Women
It’s certainly true that tummy tucks are more popular among women, but many men are extremely happy with the results of their tummy tuck procedure. Cosmetic surgery has been on the rise for years among men, and the numbers continue to climb at rapid rates. Everyone wants to look and feel their best, regardless of gender.
Myth No. 2: Tummy Tucks Help You Lose Weight
While some fat can be removed during a tummy tuck, weight loss is not the goal. A tummy tuck’s main job is to contour the abdominal area, remove excess skin and sometimes repair muscles separated because of pregnancy and childbirth. Liposuction can be performed at the same time, but for the best results, patients should be at their ideal weight before undergoing the procedure.
Myth No. 3: You Won’t Need a Tummy Tuck if You Exercise and Eat a Healthy Diet
Daily exercise and a healthy diet are important, but sometimes no amount of healthy eating or targeted workouts can eliminate extra skin or separated abdominal muscles. Using exercise and healthy eating habits to achieve your ideal weight prior to a tummy tuck will give you the best results.
Myth No. 4: Your Abdomen Will Go Numb Permanently
Many people are under the impression that a tummy tuck makes your entire abdomen go numb permanently due to nerve damage. Many different types of surgeries require incisions through nerves that may leave temporary feelings of numbness as the nerves repair themselves, but permanent nerve damage is extremely rare.
If you’ve been considering a tummy tuck but have questions or simply want to learn more about the procedure or schedule a consultation, call Dr. Wortham at the Cosmetic Surgical Arts Center at 425-744-7771.