Bikini season is here, and the poolside is probably calling your name. But instead of basking in the sun and enjoying the warmth on your skin, insecurities over a rounded belly may be preventing you from living in the moment as you focus on covering your body.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to always be like that every summer. While diet and exercise help to reduce and tighten the abdomen, it’s not uncommon for stubborn fat or loose skin to remain no matter how many crunches are done on the floor.
There are many reasons why this area may be softer than desired. Pregnancy, for example, can stretch out the skin and even separate the ab muscles, making it difficult to go back to a pre-pregnancy state. Going through a dramatic weight gain and loss can also cause the belly to lose its elasticity.
Whatever the reasons may be, we have just the cure for you: Tummy tucks are a great way to reduce your belly size and tighten the area back up, perfect for summer season.
What is a tummy tuck?
Put simply, a tummy tuck procedure removes excess fat and skin from your abdomen. It can also re-center separated muscles. The results are a flatter, smoother and contoured stomach area that you’ll be excited to show off at the beach.
How long is recovery time?
While a simple procedure, a tummy tuck is still a major surgery. You will be able to walk soon after and short walks are encouraged, though you may experience some pain along the incision marks. Compression garments will help to keep the swelling minimal as well as help your skin adapt to its new shape. You should be back to work in two weeks.
Will I have scars?
While we do try to strategically minimize the appearance by lowering the incision to the pubic area, a lengthy incision scar should be expected. But there are many steps that can be taken to minimize the end result. Continue wearing your compression garments, avoid movements that could pull your incisions, keep sunlight off your scar, and even massage the area with lotion.