5 Myths About Tummy Tucks You Should Stop Believing | Dr. Wayne Carman

5 Myths About Tummy Tucks You Should Stop Believing

Will a tummy tuck help you lose weight? Our Toronto practice knows that this is one of the main concerns many individuals who are thinking about having abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery will have. Patients who decide to undergo tummy tucks are often dealing with stubborn pockets of fat, lose skin, or diastasis recti after pregnancy or major weight loss. Tummy tucks can address any one of these concerns in a way that wouldn’t be possible with just exercise or dietary changes. It is possible to completely transform your look. See below for the real facts behind tummy tuck surgery.

Myth #1: Tummy Tucks Are Designed for Weight Loss

Fact: Tummy tucks aren’t actually meant for people who want to shed a substantial amount of weight on the belly area. Abdominoplasty is not really a type of weight loss or bariatric surgery. A tummy tuck is actually ideal for someone who is close to their goal weight, fit, healthy and active but has a protruding stomach or sagging stomach skin.

Myth #2: Tummy Tucks Will Always Be Painful and Involve a Long Recovery Time

Fact: Is the thought of a painful, extended recovery time turning you off of having a tummy tuck? As medical technology and techniques have advanced, the patient experience is better than ever. Your recovery time will usually be faster than you anticipate.

Myth #3: Tummy Tucks Are for Women Only

Fact: The misconception that plastic surgery is only meant for women has its roots in traditional stereotypes, but the cosmetic surgery landscape has evolved greatly in modern times. Although tummy tucks are highly popular among women, especially for those who wish to address irreversible changes associated with pregnancy, the procedure is also very beneficial for men. Men often decide to have a tummy tuck to address stubborn fat or excess skin associated with genetics or significant weight loss.

Myth #4: Tummy Tucks Cause Major Scarring

Fact: Just like any other cosmetic surgery procedure, a tummy tuck will cause a scar along the incision line. This is a normal side effect, but the scar is a usually thin, fine line that will be barely noticeable and can be hidden under a bikini. Steps to minimize scarring during surgery and there are treatments that can help reduce a visible scar after it forms.

Myth #5: Tummy Tucks and Liposuction Are the Same

Fact: Although they can both remove unwanted fat from the stomach, these two treatments are very different. A tummy tuck can not only reduce fat but also tighten muscles and reduce sagging skin. Liposuction can only address stubborn fat.

Will a tummy tuck help you lose weight? Contact Toronto plastic surgeon Dr. Wayne Carman for more advice. Call us at (416) 322-7108 or submit a contact form online to request a consultation if you would like to get a more defined, slimmer midsection and want to discuss how you could benefit from abdominoplasty.