Have the winter months taken a toll on your body? Are you’re worried you might not yet be ready for swimsuit season yet? It’s hard to stay focused on working out when the weather is cold, and those comforting seasonal foods might be delicious, but they’re certainly not the best for those of us concerned with counting calories. If you’re finding yourself sick of never feeling confident in those bikinis or swimsuits and are tired of fighting the battle with that stubborn belly flab, maybe an abdominoplasty is the right choice for you.

What Is An Abdominoplasty?

More commonly known as a tummy tuck, an abdominoplasty involves the removal of excess stomach fat and skin that might have resulted from a major weight loss, giving birth, or the increasing effects of aging. Surgeons perform an abdominoplasty by making an incision from hip bone to hip bone, then from the navel to pubic hairline, depending on the amount of fat that needs to be removed. Liposuction may also be necessary in order to help shape and contour the waist area.

Is It The Right Choice for You?

An abdominoplasty may seem like the one-stop solution to ending stubborn belly fat and excess skin, but it’s not meant as a substitution for diet and exercise. If you’ve undergone a major change in lifestyle following a weight loss or recently had a child, that excess skin is something you can’t chase away with cardio. If that’s the case, you’re the perfect candidate for the procedure. If you’re a mother planning on having other children, however, maybe don’t jump so hastily into surgery, which can prove problematic for your healing area and reopen scars. Liposuction is also a big commitment because the removal of fat cells in the selected part of the body will not grow back the same, meaning you will need to work to maintain your weight through diet and exercise so as not to gain weight unevenly.

After Your Procedure

The recovery time for an abdominoplasty will leave you very tender and swollen, so any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise is to be avoided. Initial results will appear within 2 to 4 weeks after surgery, with final results after about 2 months. Scars can take longer than this to properly heal and fade, and the incision will need to be drained of fluids for the first weeks of recovery.

Like any invasive plastic surgery, there are always risks and complications with an abdominoplasty. No two bodies are the same, and everyone has the potential to react to the same surgical procedure differently. Talk to your doctor to learn more about risks and if abdominoplasty is right for you.

Trust the Experts at The Zannis Center for Plastic Surgery

You deserve to feel confident and proud of your body. You should only expect the same level of care and professionalism from your plastic surgeon. The experienced doctors at the Zannis Center for Plastic Surgery in New Bern, North Carolina are available for personal consultation to help you with your decision. Uncover the body you want and feel comfortable in your own skin. Summer is around the corner, and you deserve to feel happy and confident in your own skin.