Despite being the top rated procedure for patient satisfaction, there are many people often swayed away from the tummy tuck because of certain things that they may think or may have heard. It is time to clear up some of those misconceptions. Here are the three top myths about tummy tucks that everyone needs to stop buying into.
Myth #1: If you just eat healthy and exercise, then you could get rid of the flab.
Many people think that tummy tucks are meant to help a person lose weight, but that is not what the procedure is designed to do. The tummy tuck is a body contouring treatment not to help you lose weight, but rather to help smooth your body and remove unwanted flab and excess skin or tissue. After major weight loss or pregnancy, your skin may lack the elasticity to adjust to your new, slimmer shape. No diet or exercise can get rid of the hanging skin or tissue. So despite what many people may think, tummy tucks are actually designed for healthy people already at or close to their ideal weight.
Myth #2: Only women get tummy tucks.
Nonsense. Abdominoplasty (the official name for the tummy tuck) is just as much designed for men as it is for women. Last year, over 4,000 men underwent the procedure. While the procedure is more common for women because of pregnancy, abdominoplasty can also help men who have lost a lot of weight by removing the leftover flab and finally allow him to bring out his abs.
Myth #3: Liposuction is always needed when getting a tummy tuck.
While it is often used to help sculpt the waistline during a tummy tuck, liposuction is not always necessary. However, if there are areas of fat that you would like to address during your tummy tuck procedure, make sure to talk with your board-certified plastic surgeon so that he/she can help you to better achieve your desired results.