Tummy Tuck Myths Put To Rest
We know how myths about certain plastic surgery procedures circulate around the internet, your friends, and the media. We often have clients coming into our Houston office still hesitant about a surgery because of something they may have heard. At Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, we want to put some of those common myths to rest and give you a good idea of what the process of a tummy tuck really looks like.
Myth #1: There is Only One Type of Tummy Tuck
This is simply false! Yet, so many people still think if you are interested in slimming down the abdominal area, a tummy tuck is a one size fits all procedure. The truth is there are many options: a mini tummy tuck, full tummy tuck, and liposuction performed with tummy tuck. Dr. Ravi Somayazula, our board-certified plastic surgeon, creates a personalized treatment plan, not a “one size fits all” procedure.
For our clients mostly concerned with extra and stretched skin below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck might be the best option. For our clients also seeking to remove fat from the area, liposuction makes a great addition to a tummy tuck. And of course, for our men and women seeking to remove excess skin and smooth the entire midsection, a full tummy tuck is a great option. During your initial consultation, Dr. Ravi Somayazula will be able to talk with you about your options. In some cases, a circumferential body lift way be recommended if there is excess skin and fat at the front of the abdomen as well as extending to the back.
Myth #2: You Won’t Have a Belly Button
We can understand why this myth would steer many away from getting an abdominoplasty, so we’re here to set the record straight. Yes, you will still have a belly button after a tummy tuck. Dr. Ravi has skillfully been performing tummy tucks for years now and a key part of this procedure is preserving the belly button. He can even reshape and reposition the belly button when needed.
Myth #3: You Can’t Get Pregnant After a Tummy Tuck
This myth may have come about from some clients’ personal preferences. However, pregnancy is possible afterwards. One thing that is important to remember is that your tummy tuck results will not remain the same if you get pregnant afterwards. For some women, it is a personal choice to wait until they have all their kids before getting a tummy tuck to keep their results longer lasting. However, do not fear that there will be any medical harm in having another child afterwards.
Myth #4: The Tummy Tuck is Simply a Cosmetic Procedure
Not many people realize that there are also medical benefits to a tummy tuck that go beyond simply tightening the midsection. There are so many health benefits to removing extra skin through a tummy tuck including improvement in rashes, pain, and the ability to exercise properly. This is a major game-changer for the men and women who have had to avoid certain activities because of the discomfort. This can make a tummy tuck a life changing procedure for those women who have diastasis recti after pregnancy, as oftentimes they are limited in the types of ab exercises they can physically do.
Myth #5: Tummy Tucks are Just for Women
Last time we checked, men have abdomens too, which means that men can undergo Tummy Tucks too! Tummy tucks were not designed exclusively for either men or women and we have seen both genders benefit greatly from this surgery. In fact, we often get men coming into our Houston office after losing a significant amount of weight looking to remove excess skin. A man who is self-conscious about the extra skin around his midsection may benefit from a tummy tuck procedure.
Discovering the Truth About Tummy Tucks in Houston
Time to spread the truth about the tummy tuck! If you are interested in pursuing a tummy tuck or want to learn a little more about this procedure, please call 281-242-1061 to schedule your initial consultation today. Dr. Ravi is here to help you dispel any myths you may have heard and help you make an informed, educated decision about cosmetic surgery.