The downsides of the traditional tummy tuck

The downsides of the traditional tummy tuck

30th Sep 2017

Inevitable as it may be, your abdomen will eventually undergo changes due to the natural aging process. For women, it is possible for them to develop an abdominal apron, especially if they have had multiple pregnancies, gynecological interventions or just have an unhealthy diet. The only intervention that can efficiently correct this issue is the tummy tuck.

The reason for this is that when we are confronted with the sagginess of the skin on the abdomen, no amount of physical exercises can restore the beautiful shape of the tummy and the profile. Even creams and massages are inefficient when it comes to fixing loose abdominal muscles and saggy skin on the tummy.

Fortunately, with the help of plastic surgery, more specifically the tummy tuck intervention, the patient can achieve once again a youthful-looking, toned and flat abdomen.

The traditional tummy tuck procedure

The abdominoplasty is a plastic surgery intervention that can be used to eliminate the excess fat and skin tissue from the abdominal area. There are many advantages to this procedure, such as the fact that the plastic surgeon can also tighten loose abdominal muscles caused by pregnancies. At the same time, the tummy tuck procedure can also help you get rid of the stretch marks located under the belly button.

Most patients choose to undergo a tummy tuck procedure to achieve a firm and flat abdomen, but also because it significantly improves the overall appearance of the body. However, it is important to keep in mind that the tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure; it is actually a body contouring intervention. For this reason, the procedure is only recommended for people with stable and close to normal weight.

In many cases, this procedure is also used by the plastic surgeon to correct an umbilical hernia. For patients who have both a diastasis recti and umbilical hernia, it is beneficial for the patient to undergo a tummy tuck to correct these conditions since it can all be done using one horizontal incision. Furthermore, the aesthetic result will be greatly improved.

During the intervention, the plastic surgeon will perform a series of surgical steps, wherein he will eliminate the skin and the adipose tissue on the abdominal area. Because we are talking about a plastic surgery intervention, the post-operative scar is not that visible and can easily be hidden with clothing or lingerie. In most cases, the scar goes from one hip to the other, and it is located in the inferior part of the abdomen, over the pubic area.

The benefits of undergoing a tummy tuck

  • Undergoing a tummy tuck procedure can improve the quality of life significantly. By removing the adipose and skin tissue in excess, your body’s elasticity and muscular tonus will be restored. The patient will be able to move easier, look better and notice a boost in their self-esteem. As a result of this, they will experience a significant improvement in their social relationships and perhaps have a more active dating life.
  • The tummy tuck can lead to a certain amount of weight loss because the fat and skin removed will lead to a decrease in a few kilograms. Having said that, as we have mentioned before, this is not a weight loss method. But it can be used to improve the appearance of patients who underwent bariatric surgery or an intense weight loss program.
  • It can help alleviate lumbar pain. It is said that each kilogram accumulated at the abdominal area is putting more unnecessary pressure on the spine. Many back pains that women have are aggravated, accentuated or maintained by the excess of fat at the level of the tummy.

The downsides of traditional tummy tuck:

  • The tummy tuck is considered a relatively complex surgical intervention. The abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthetic and can last up to a couple of hours. Once the procedure is performed, the patient may experience pain and discomfort as well as some tension around the operated area.
  • The recovery period of the tummy tuck is longer than other less invasive plastic surgery interventions, such as the liposuction. Due to the dimensions of the scar, the patient is required to wear drain tubes for a couple of days, which prolongs the healing time. However, the patient can resume normal activities after a few days after the surgery, but for physical activity, this will take about a month. Remember that if you want to expedite your recovery, you are highly recommended to quit smoking and drinking alcohol during the first four weeks after the procedure.
  • While the traditional tummy tuck will provide you with a flatter and firmer abdomen, it will not change your body shape. If you want to improve your overall profile with an hourglass shape, then you should go for the hourglass tummy tuck. Normallly, what happens after a tummy tuck is that the patient is left with a SpongeBob figure; the tummy is flat, but the waist is not defined at all. Hence, the body shape looks like a square. Evidently, this is not a flattering shape for a woman and many patients are disappointed when they see the results of the traditional tummy tuck. If you combine the traditional tummy tuck with liposuction and fat transfer to the hips, what you get is the hourglass tummy tuck, which is a more advanced procedure that can change the shape of your body and make it more alluring and curvy.


The tummy tuck intervention is performed in order to achieve a flatter and firmer abdomen as well as correct loose abdominal muscles and umbilical hernia. While the procedure entails plenty of benefits for the patients, it also comes with a few disadvantages. One of the downsides is the SpongeBob shape of the body that you may get after the procedure. Thus, to achieve a curvier figure, the hourglass tummy tuck would be the recommended procedure. With the hourglass tummy tuck, the plastic surgeon will also perform liposuction and fat transfer to the hips to create appealing curves, thereby giving you a significantly improved silhouette.

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