Tummy tuck surgery is an effective treatment to correct abdominal muscle separation and excess skin caused by pregnancy or significant weight loss. No amount of exercise will realign separated muscles or sufficiently tighten excessive loose skin, so corrective surgery is the best way to see the results you want. Our Bellevue plastic surgeon, Dr. Gavin Dry, provides tummy tucks to treat these aesthetic issues and provide you with a smooth, lean midsection.
Dr. Dry is highly skilled and experienced in tummy tuck surgery to help patients achieve their ideal selves. Whether a small amount of excess skin detracts from an otherwise fit and healthy body or the physical changes of pregnancy have made it hard to feel confident, we offer treatment that can help.
A tummy tuck is often recommended for women who have experienced one or more pregnancies and have noticed the aesthetic effects of muscle separation on their abdomens. With this common problem, it’s impossible to achieve a taut stomach through exercise. Through a tummy tuck, both the upper and lower abdomen is treated by removing excess skin and small fatty deposits and re-position vertical abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction to optimize the treatment and help you accomplish long-lasting results.
Health Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery
If you’ve experienced pregnancy or significant weight loss, the resulting loose skin can significantly impact your self-esteem. While a tummy tuck is usually designated as a strictly cosmetic procedure, there are some significant health benefits.
Improved posture and reduced back pain - Part of the tummy tuck procedure involves flattening your abdomen by realigning the stomach muscles. Since these muscles support the spine, you may notice that you slouch less, and previous pain may dissipate.
Better results from exercise - When stomach muscles have been separated after pregnancy, it’s hard to regain your previously toned physique or achieve new goals for health and fitness. Realigning the muscle structure through a tummy tuck support better results from healthy exercise.
Minimize future health risks - Weakened abdominal muscles can increase your risk for related health problems such as ventral hernias. Tummy tucks strengthen the abdominal wall, which can help prevent this problem and reduce recovery time if hernia repair is needed.
Keep the weight off - If you’re considering a tummy tuck to address cosmetic changes from weight loss, you may worry about what happens if you gain weight after the procedure. A tummy tuck provides enhanced confidence that motivates you to improve your lifestyle habits and keep your weight at a healthy level. After going through surgery and all the effort and time taken to achieve results, most people do all they can to sustain their new look.
Comfortable daily physical activity - With the excess skin gone and abdominal muscles strengthened, exercises like running and walking, are less strenuous. Regular exercise, in turn, will improve your overall health and help keep the weight off.
Find Out How We Can Help You Love Your Body
Schedule a tummy tuck consultation in Bellevue, WA, with Dr. Dry so our team can help you determine which treatments will match your needs. If you’re ready to be free of excess skin and want your stomach to be flat again, a tummy tuck may be the right procedure for you. Call our office today to schedule your consultation!