Despite its popularity as one of the most often-performed procedures at my practice here in Denver, a tummy tuck still carries its share of myths. Here are a few of the most common, in hopes that I can finally dispel these rumors once and for all.
Myth: Tummy Tucks Are a Weight Loss Solution
Probably one of the most pervasive myths surrounding tummy tucks, abdominoplasty is definitely not a procedure for the very overweight. The best patients for tummy tucks should be within a few pounds of their ideal weight.* In fact, tummy tucks are often performed after massive weight loss, in order to resolve any loose skin or fat pockets that remain even after a lower target weight has been reached.*
Myth: Tummy Tucks Remove Stretch Marks
Although some stretch marks can be removed through the course of an abdominoplasty, some may still remain. It depends on where the marks are located. Stretch marks can sometimes be eliminated or their appearance reduced during a tummy tuck, but this byproduct is far from the primary goal of the procedure.
Myth: Tummy Tucks Will Sculpt My Abdominal Area
An abdominoplasty is a major surgery that will remove loose skin and excess fat, usually in pretty generous amounts.* The results can be impressive,* but you may require additional treatments that allow for further finesse than a tummy tuck by itself.
At my practice here in Denver, my C.L.A.S.S tummy tuck combines abdominoplasty with liposuction for a truly sculpted final result.* Performing both procedures together is very complementary, and takes care of major restructuring and fine-tuning all at the same time.*
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.