More Missoula Residents Are Signing On For Tummy Tuck Plastic Surgery

Missoula residents are interested in accessing sleeker, slimmer tummies. Two percent more tummy tucks were performed in 2017 than 2016, based on statistics cited at the Health.com website. 97 percent of people who opt for tummy tucks are glad that they got the procedures, according to Realself.com. While this cosmetic surgery procedure is most popular with women, it’s not gender-specific. Guys can and do get tummy tucks. Anyone who wants a flatter stomach will benefit from learning about tummy tucks. This article will explain what a tummy tuck is, detail its benefits and risks and include information about the cost of the procedure.

What is a tummy tuck, anyway?

A tummy tuck is a form of invasive cosmetic surgery  that is also referred to as an abdominoplasty. It’s ideal for people who have tummy flab and/or excess skin that doesn’t respond to exercise and diet. During this procedure, a plastic surgeon will flatten the tummy by taking away excess skin and fat. In addition, the muscles within the abdominal wall will be tightened.

What are the benefits and risks?

Sometimes, abdomens protrude after fascia (sheets or bands of connective tissue) get stretched due to weight fluctuations or pregnancy. According to the Mayo Clinic website, tummy tucks improve tummy contours and may also get rid of lower abdominal stretch marks. Missoula residents who want more body confidence may find that this operation makes them more comfortable in their own skin.

In terms of drawbacks, fluid may accumulate under the skin, the incision may not heal as well as it should and there will be scarring. It’s important to note that scars from these procedures are found along bikini lines, which means that they are very simple to conceal. How much scars fade over time will vary from person to person.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

According to Real Self, the average cost of a tummy tuck, in American dollars, is $9374.60. While this is an investment, the upside is long-lasting results. People who maintain healthy lifestyles after their operations typically keep their tummy tuck results for life. Weight gain may negatively impact the look of a tummy after it’s been tucked, so tummy tuck patients do need to watch their diets.

Is this procedure right for you?

People who are ideal candidates for tummy tucks are generally not overweight or obese. They are fit, but their tummies just don’t change, even though they lead healthy lifestyles. Sometimes, this is due to genetics. If you’re at your ideal weight or close to it, but your stomach just doesn’t look as sleek and toned as you want it to, this cosmetic procedure will be a good fit.