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Common Myths About Tummy Tucks

Common Myths About Tummy Tucks

Tummy tucks tend to appeal to people who want a sleek, toned look but who can’t seem to get rid of their tummy pouch or who have sagging skin. A tummy tuck is a form of body contouring that creates a firmer, flatter abdomen and an abdominal contour that compliments the shape of your body. A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is not the same as liposuction, although sometimes liposuction is used during the abdominoplasty procedure. This assumption of the similarities of liposuction and abdominoplasty is one of the many misunderstandings about tummy tucks that pervade people’s minds. Correcting these misconceptions allows people to properly consider this body contouring procedure.

Myth Versus Fact: Abdominoplasty

Myth: Tummy Tucks Replace Weight Loss
Fact: While tummy tucks are meant to remove sagging skin, reduce the look of protruding bellies, or remove some excess fat from the abdominal area, tummy tucks are not used for weight loss. The tummy tuck procedure will not drastically reduce a person’s weight or their waist measurements, and it won’t help to reduce other areas of fat in the arms, thighs, neck, or elsewhere. Tummy tucks are a form of body contouring that helps to tighten the skin, create a sleek silhouette, and help to flatten the stomach, not to perform drastic weight changes. In reality, a person considering a tummy tuck will need to be close to their goal weight, typically within 10 pounds, before the surgery. They will need to keep that weight consistent for at least 6 months.

Myth: Diet And Exercise Give The Same Results As A Tummy Tuck
Fact: Diet and exercise are an important part of a healthy lifestyle and they will both help you maintain your weight and build muscles. Exercise and diet will not completely determine the look of your body, as each body is different and a completely healthy body can exist with areas of fat or with a prominent belly. While diet and exercise should be a part of everyone’s lives, they will not always yield the svelte silhouette you desire. Even the most strict workout regimen and diet cannot change other aspects of the body unrelated to fat or muscle, such as excess skin. In fact, sudden or dramatic weight loss can leave you with even more loose skin. Tummy tucks can tighten skin and get rid of stubborn fat that won’t be worked off through exercise and diet.

Myth: Tummy Tucks Are Only for Women
Fact: For many years, cosmetic procedures have been deemed feminine and were perceived as a way for women to be more beautiful and desirable, especially after childbirth when the body rapidly changes and often leaves women with stretched skin and new areas of fat. Cosmetic surgeries are understood for what they are; a way to boost self-confidence by achieving an individual’s desired look, regardless of gender. Tummy tucks help people of all genders feel more confident with their bodies and overall appearance. Even though men’s bodies don’t typically go through the same changes associated with childbirth, men can struggle to get rid of stomach fat and loose skin and can feel self-conscious about their midriff. Tummy tucks are actually quite popular among men and are the 5th most common cosmetic procedure for men.

Fantastic Tummy Tuck Results With Peterson MD

A tummy tuck can greatly increase your confidence by creating the fit look you’ve always wanted with a smooth, toned stomach. For top-quality cosmetic surgery with stunning results, contact Peterson MD in Kelowna. Dr. Brian Peterson is a renowned plastic surgeon who is a leading expert and respected lecturer sought after for his extensive surgical knowledge. If you’re interested in an abdominoplasty to tighten up the skin, get rid of stubborn fat, and perfectly match your body’s natural contours, speak with the staff as Peterson MD at 1-250-868-9099 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: How long does an abdominoplasty surgery take?
A: On average, abdominoplasty will take between three to five hours and is performed under general anaesthetic as a day surgery procedure.

Q: Will a tummy tuck reduce my stretch marks or scars?
A: Abdominoplasty is not designed to reduce the appearance of scars or stretch marks, however, some of these will be removed when excess skin is removed. Dr. Peterson will also blend previous caesarean scarring with the new surgical scars.

Q: How long do the results of a tummy tuck last?
A: The results of abdominoplasty are very long-lasting but the exact length will depend on your age at the time of the surgery, your health, and if you undergo weight fluctuation or pregnancy after your cosmetic surgery. Fat and skin cells that are removed during the surgery are permanently gone, although current fat cells can still expand and current skin can stretch. If your weight stays relatively stable and you do not plan on having more children, the results will last for years.

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