Exercising and going to the gym can often feel intimidating. If you struggle with extra skin and fat that makes movement uncomfortable, it can be hard to stick to a workout regimen. A tummy tuck at our New York area practice can create transformative results, flattening the belly and defining the waistline. This physical change produced by a tummy tuck often has a mental impact as well, helping to spur your commitment to your fitness goals.
How is a tummy tuck performed?
Tummy tuck surgery begins with a horizontal incision that extends from hip to hip. A second incision is made around the bellybutton, allowing it to be repositioned during the procedure. These incisions give the surgeon access to the muscles and tissues beneath the skin. Saggy skin is removed, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired, and the remaining skin is pulled and tightened across the length of the midsection.
A tummy tuck may take several hours to perform, depending on the extent of the procedure. Bed rest is required for a few days after treatment, and you can usually return to work 2 to 3 weeks after surgery.
How can a tummy tuck help my fitness goals?
Intensive workouts and extensive cardio can be hard with excess skin and fat. Rolls can trap sweat and rub uncomfortably against the skin, discouraging you from your fitness goals. Many people feel self-conscious when exercising, and it can keep them from going to the gym. When running or lifting weights takes both a physical and mental toll, it’s hard to stay motivated.
Tummy tuck surgery solves this problem by making exercise and movement easier. Without the extra weight of loose, saggy skin, you move more freely and enjoy your workouts. Many people also feel more confident after surgery and appreciate wearing tight-fitting clothes or exercise gear. When you look good, you feel good, and this self-assuredness offers a tremendous boost to your fitness motivation.
How can I tell if a tummy tuck is right for me?
Tummy tuck surgery works for men and women from all walks of life. Whether you’ve gone through a pregnancy or lost a significant amount of weight, a tummy tuck creates the leaner figure you’ve always wanted.
Good candidates for tummy tuck surgery are those who:
- Are emotionally and physically healthy
- Have a significant amount of saggy skin
- Struggle with a permanent “belly pooch” due to weakened abdominal muscles
- Are within 25 pounds of their ideal weight
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Browse our before-and-after gallery to see examples of real patient results. If you’re interested in tummy tuck surgery in the Long Island, New York, and Westchester area, request a consultation online. You can also call any of our convenient locations: (914) 423-9000 (Yonkers), (212) 472-6100 (Manhattan), (516) 882-1020 (Roslyn Heights).