Common Tummy Tuck Myths

Sep 27, 2021

There are different types of abdominoplasty, all of which are well-examined procedures that are done by highly trained medical practitioners certified by the board of plastic surgeons. They involve the abdominal section where the surgeon restores the initial flat, smooth, and even abdominal profile before being damaged by several factors such as weight loss, and pregnancy. However, there are several myths and misconceptions that are associated with this surgical procedure. Some of them are as discussed below.

A tummy tuck is an alternative to weight loss

This is one of the biggest false beliefs surrounding tummy tuck surgery. While most people believe that tummy tuck can help them lose weight, this may not be the case. The best candidate for a tummy tuck surgery is one who has overall good health, one who is close to attaining his/her normal weight, and one who has a sagging belly around their abdominal section. Since tummy tuck only addresses stubborn fats and skin at your mid-section, it does not guarantee any changes in weight. The outcome would be an even, toned, and flat belly appearance.

Regular exercising and dieting are a substitute for tummy tuck

Regular exercise and eating well-balanced meals help keep the body in shape, and healthy. Exercises keep the muscles active, whereas a healthy diet equips the body with the necessary nutrients to fight diseases, strengthen bones and muscles, repair worn-out tissues, and build the body. When either your lower or upper belly gains excess fats causing the skin to stretch and sag, exercises and dieting may not solve the problem. This will require the skills and expertise of a doctor to correct. Only a tummy tuck procedure will be able to rectify this problem by permanently eliminating excess fats, and skin to give the patient a flat tummy.

The results of a tummy tuck procedure are easily noticeable

To begin with, a surgeon makes incisions at locations that are not easily noticed. These include around the belly button, above the pubic bone, or one that runs from one hip bone to the other. Such incisions can easily be covered with a bikini line or a swimsuit. Most people fear undergoing tummy tuck surgery because they believe that the scars would easily be noticed which will make them be discriminated against. This is a belief that needs to be debunked to create more room for individuals facing abdominal problems which they would wish to have corrected.

There is one particular tummy tuck procedure for all

There are several types of tummy tuck procedures. These include full tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, reverse tummy tuck, and extended tummy tuck. All of them are uniquely performed with the aim to attain similar results. Human beings were specially created with different anatomies. This is why while one procedure works for one patient, it may fail to work on another patient. In most cases, you find that patients go for consultations having a particular tummy tuck procedure in mind that they want to be done on them, simply because they saw the results it had on another patient. As a person willing to have tummy tuck surgery, realize that what works for another patient may actually not work for you.

A tummy tuck is precisely for women

Today’s society has limited tummy tuck surgical procedures for women only, which should not be the case. This limits several men with abdominal disorders from freely undergoing tummy tuck to correct their abdominal appearance. While women’s abdomen loses their flat appearance due to pregnancy, and other conditions, men’s abdomen loses their flat appearance due to weight loss and gain, alcohol consumption, and certain medical conditions. For this reason, society should stop discriminating against men who would wish to regain their initial abdominal appearance before damage from several external, and internal factors.

There is no conception after tummy tuck

Most women fear tummy tuck surgery because they believe that they will not be able to conceive afterward. This is a myth that has no scientific proof so far. Tummy tuck procedures do not interfere with one’s ability to conceive and give birth. It only eliminates unwanted fats and skin that form a pooch at the midsection. In most consultations, a surgeon advises a patient to have a tummy tuck once she is done giving birth. This is because pregnancy and its effects completely damage the outcome of surgery, which would be a waste of time and resources if you decide to have one before then.

Recovery takes a very long period

There are many factors that determine the rate of recovery after a tummy tuck surgery. These include the type of tummy tuck performed on you, the experience and skills of your surgeon, and your anatomy. If your tummy tuck surgery is successful with no complications, you are likely to experience a fast, and full recovery in that you will be able to resume normal, light duties within two weeks. In addition, with the help of pain reliever medicines, and antibiotics, recovery is expected to be within the shortest time possible.


Tummy tuck procedures are generally safe and secure to undergo. They help a lot of people achieve their desired aesthetic goals by giving them a flat tummy appearance. As much as there are several myths and misconceptions surrounding tummy tuck procedures, they will continue to grow in awareness among people with the population of those undergoing it increasing.