As more people work from home or attend school remotely, the rise in athleisure wear has skyrocketed. Leggings and yoga pants are great for not only a trip to the gym, but also for running errands and feeling comfortable around the house. However, sometimes form-fitting clothes can cling a bit more than we want, highlighting unwanted rolls or a stubborn “belly pooch.” You shouldn’t have to feel uncomfortable when wearing your favorite clothing. Our plastic surgery practice is here to help.
When diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to create a smooth silhouette, consider an abdominoplasty—more commonly known as a tummy tuck. At our Austin and Round Rock locations, we’ve helped countless patients lose the pooch and the muffin top and feel great in leggings or anything else they wear. Here are a few things to know about the procedure.
How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
A full tummy tuck involves a horizontal incision that extends from hip to hip just above the pubic area. A second incision is made around the bellybutton, which can be reshaped as part of the procedure. These incisions allow the doctor to lift the excess skin and tighten the underlying abdominal muscles. Liposuction can be used to remove unwanted pockets of fat. Once the excess skin is cut away, the incisions are carefully closed and surgical drains are placed.
We also offer mini tummy tucks and extended tummy tucks depending on each patient’s concerns. A mini tummy tuck addresses only the lower abdomen, while an extended tummy tuck can also treat the hips and buttocks. Each technique has its own unique benefits and can be combined with other popular procedures. Your surgeon can help you find the best approach for your goals.
Excess Tissue and Exercise
Excess skin and rolls can cause more problems than just embarrassment. The tissue can literally weigh you down and make exercise and movement more difficult. Sweat and grime can get caught between folds and rub against other skin, potentially leading to infection. Many people also feel self-conscious about exercising at a gym after significant weight loss, as bulky excess skin can hide the new figure you’ve worked hard to create.
Surgery is well worth the trade of feeling comfortable and confident in your clothing. You can finally wear spandex and sports bras without feeling insecure. This new self-assuredness often translates into other areas of life. For many patients, a tummy tuck gives them the perfect incentive to get serious about nutrition and fitness.
When To Choose a Tummy Tuck
While there are many reasons to undergo a tummy tuck, plastic surgery is still a major decision. Wondering if you’re ready to take the plunge? Here are a few signs a tummy tuck could be right for you.
You’re Tired of Feeling Uncomfortable
Excess skin and fat create both a physical and emotional weight. It can be draining to worry about how your body looks or feel uneasy when going on a run. Tummy tuck surgery can help streamline your life by removing the cause of your stress. After your body has healed, you can enjoy your beautiful results each day and feel comfortable in your own skin.
Your Shapewear Doesn’t Do Enough Shaping
Compression garments and traditional shapewear work by squeezing bumps and rolls into a smaller, more contained area. But sometimes this technique isn’t enough to hide the size and shape of your stomach. A tummy tuck creates more dramatic, noticeable results by removing unwanted skin and fat from the midsection. You no longer need to rely on high-waisted pants or strategic shirts.
You Want a More Long-Lasting Solution
You shouldn’t have to go the rest of your life avoiding certain outfits or wearing baggy tops at the gym. With a tummy tuck, you no longer need to hide your figure in order to look your best. Overstretched skin is permanently removed and repaired abdominals flatten the belly. You can enjoy your new look whenever you like—with or without specialized clothes.
Ready to Look Your Best?
Athleisure wear is a popular trend that’s certainly here to stay. If you want to permanently slim down your body and feel great in leggings and crop tops, a tummy tuck can help. Browse our before-and-after gallery to see examples of real patient results.
If you’re in the Austin or Round Rock area and would like to learn more about plastic surgery, please request a consultation online. You can also contact our practice by phone at (512) 244-1439.