Tummy Tucks Aren't About Vanity

Posted by Dr. Patrick Proffer on August 28, 2018

man-and-woman-fit-jogging-in-parkTummy tucks, or abdominoplasty, is a medical body-contouring procedure that typically removes two to ten pounds of abdominal fat, strips off excess skin, and tightens the tummy muscles with sutures.

Individuals that undergo the procedure are generally happier with how their bodies look, versus before the operation.

However, most tummy tucks are not about vanity and weight loss. Tummy tucks are the most viable option for men and women who have lost significant amounts of weight, but still carry fat deposits and loose skin around the abdomen.

 Current research findings suggest that, along with body contouring, tummy tucks offer significant health benefits to the patient.

Need For Surgical Body-Contouring Procedure

Obesity is a nationwide epidemic. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases report that 74% of men and 64% of women are overweight or obese. Overweight and obese individuals are at risk for a variety of serious health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Just as there is not a single cause of becoming overweight or obese, there is not a proven approach to treat the conditions. When diet, exercise, and behavioral treatments are ineffective, weight-loss surgery may be the best option.

Frequently, following extreme weight loss, individuals find that they have uncomfortable folds of skin hanging from their abdomen. How much skin is left after weight loss depends on age, how rapidly the weight was lost, and the individual's skin laxity.

Health And Medical Problems Associated With Excess Skin

Tummy tucks aren’t for vanity; they are reconstructive surgeries needed for various medical reasons. For men, fat distribution is frequently around the midsection. This surplus fat around the belly has been linked to cardiovascular disease. The excess skin and tissue can trigger health and medical problems:

  • Intertrigo, which is a fungal, bacterial, or viral infection that occurs between the folds of skin
  • Rashes
  • Depression, sometimes severe, resulting from the unexpected weight loss results
  • Ulcers and infections from the skin being constantly rubbed
  • Backaches from excess skin located around the back
  • Trouble sleeping because of excess skin
  • Excess skin makes it difficult to exercise

Tummy tucks are the most requested procedure from patients who’ve lost a significant amount of weight. A tummy tuck procedure involves the removal of excess skin, fat, tissue, and then the tightening of the abdominal muscles using sutures.

They can also eliminate the folds of skin sagging beneath the belly button. Often, the removal of excess skin makes abdominal exercises easier and more effective for patients, allowing them to continue to improve their health beyond their initial weight loss.

If you are wondering if abdominoplasty is right for you, call Proffer Surgical Associates in Amarillo. Their experienced surgeons can help.

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Topics: Body Contouring, tummy tuck