Crunches and dieting aren’t the only ways to get a flatter stomach. Find out why more British women are choosing a tummy tuck to tighten their midriff.
Pregnancy, significant weight loss or simply the natural ageing process can cause folds of skin to form around your stomach, which some women become self-conscious about. The tummy tuck – or abdominoplasty – is the most well-known procedure to reverse this sagging skin, to re-create their youthful, flat abdomen. New techniques to complete the tummy tuck saw enquiries jump by 264 percent during parts of 20151, but just what has changed? And what does it mean for the women who are following this latest trend? We explain this and more below.
The new approach to a flatter stomach
Tummy tuck surgery involves making a cut just below the bikini line to allow the surgeon to lift the skin, remove the fat and tissue, and tighten the abdominal muscles. Abdominoplasty now uses a new kind of stitches, known as progressive tension sutures, which help the wound to heal quicker by preventing fluid from collecting.
Quick procedure, faster healing times
Reduced discomfort isn’t the only advantage to the new technique. The procedure can be completed in less than two hours under general anaesthetic and women can expect to be back at work around two weeks after surgery. You should avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks after an abdominoplasty, but you should see results around three weeks after the operation.2
When the gym won’t do
Some may think that abdominoplasty
is a big step to take to achieve a flat stomach, but for some it is the only way. The conventional way to trim fat and tighten the midriff is to hit the gym, focus on abdominal exercises and maintain a healthy diet to prevent more fat from building around the waist. This may be enough for some people, but for others the impact of a pregnancy or drastic drop in weight is too much for even the most dedicated gym-goer. During pregnancy the weight of the baby causes the abdominal muscles to be stretched for a long period of time. A similar outcome happens when a women loses a large amount of weight quickly. The skin doesn’t have time to tighten naturally, leaving it sagging permanently.3
Abdominoplasty removes this stretched, excess skin and also the stretchmarks that come with it.
Abdominoplasty is not without risk
The rising popularity of abdominoplasty doesn’t mean that the procedure isn’t without its risks. As it is a major form of surgery, women that choose to go under the knife are at risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and infections to the wound. There is also the chance that the wound may take longer than expected to heal, as the skin can break down where it has been pulled tight4.
A worthwhile risk for many
While a quick online search will make the risks involved with a tummy tuck clear, the growing popularity of the procedure shows that more women believe the pros far outweigh the cons. A sagging stomach can make some women feel so self-conscious about their body that it negatively impacts their day to day lives and relationships. If you can’t achieve a flat stomach through exercise and diet, abdominoplasty can be the answer. For some people, the main motivation is to get a flat stomach without having to hit the gym hard, despite the obvious health benefits to doing so.
Whatever the incentive is to getting one, tummy tucks are on the rise among women wanting to get back the body they once had and boost their confidence. If you are interested in the tummy tuck procedure yourself, it is wise to first speak to a consultant about what is involved and all your other options.
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