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A Nip and a Tuck: Looking for a Tighter Tummy



Tired of that muffin top or pouch on your belly? Have you fought the battle of the bulge around your midsection with thousands of crunches, only to lack results? If you have had children, you know that this could be a lost cause.

Unless you have the benefits of a personal trainer, a special dietician, and nothing better to do in life, it may seem impossible to get rid of that excess weight around the middle. You might be considering a tummy tuck. Before you make your decision, weigh the pros and cons first.

Advantages to Having a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a common solution for a lean abdomen when all other measures have failed. A surgeon will eliminate unwanted fat, take care of loose skin, and tighten the muscles of the abdomen during a surgical procedure. The end result is a trimmer, smoother midsection.

This procedure can make you feel more attractive and give you a boost to your confidence as you have an improved body image. You’ll find yourself fitting into your clothes more easily, ready to splurge on new clothes to show off that new figure. However, be prepared to maintain a healthy diet and get regular exercise for positive, long term results.

Disadvantages to Having a Tummy Tuck

You need to realize that this procedure is a form of surgery and risks are involved with any operation. In addition, cosmetic surgery is generally not covered by insurance, resulting in a hefty bill. Smokers are not good candidates for this type of surgery. If you are planning on losing a great deal of weight, or pregnancy could be in your future, you should not consider a tummy tuck as the effects of your procedure would probably be reversed. If you have any serious medical conditions, surgery may be too dangerous for you.

Before you make any decisions, speak with your doctor and a plastic surgeon about your options. Explore all of your alternatives. Surgery should never be taken lightly. While many think of cosmetic procedures as a quick fix, you need to remember that there will be a recovery period involved. Some pain and suffering will be part of the deal. However, if nothing else has made your paunch disappear, you may feel that a tummy tuck is the best way to go. The choice is yours.