If you’ve been bothered by the look of your soft, sagging abdomen, you may have already spent time searching for tummy tuck “alternatives” in the Sacramento area. They’re easily found online: the belts, the creams, the compression garments that promise to slim down your midsection at home. Many of these “treatments” sound like a convenient miracle.
Unfortunately, treatment isn’t that easy. Follow through with any of these options, and you’ll likely come away disappointed. But why do all these tummy tuck alternatives always fall short? The answer is simple: because tummy tucks are an investment that no magic cream can reproduce.
The Truth About Tummy Tucks
Tummy tuck surgery addresses something that’s already proven resistant to diet and exercise: excess skin. Once that skin has lost its elasticity, only surgical intervention can improve it.
During surgery, the doctor removes this excess skin by creating an incision that extends hip-to-hip, allowing them to pull the skin tight and remove unwanted fat. Tummy tucks can also have the benefit of removing a “stomach pooch” — a bulge on the lower abdomen that exercise and diet won’t fix. This “pooch” is often caused by weakened abdomen muscles being stretched apart. During surgery, the doctor can suture these muscles back together. We discuss this condition, diastasis recti, in more depth in our related blog post.
Why Alternatives Fall Short
Special belts, creams, and garments often boast measurable effects on the midsection, but these products approach the matter from the wrong angle. While some topical treatments can have a minor effect on loose skin, the significant results that most patients want is out of reach without surgery.
Simply put: Skin doesn’t behave the same way that fat does. Unlike fat, which shrinks and expands in relation to diet and exercise, skin doesn’t bounce back.
A Better Solution
Skin can adjust after moderate, gradual weight loss, especially in younger people. But for older patients, patients who have had a baby, or patients who have had more rapid weight loss (caused by bariatric surgery, for example), you may notice extra skin overstaying its welcome. By providing permanent results for such a frustrating, long-term problem, tummy tuck remains popular.
And for many patients, there’s more to it than simply loose skin. After pregnancy, many women have a weakened abdominal wall because the muscles become separated and can’t recede to their previous state. This translates to a hanging belly pooch. Tummy tuck surgery works to correct it by tightening those abdominal wall muscles. You can find more information about the tummy tuck surgical process on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ website.
Finally, it’s quite common to pair a tummy tuck with liposuction, because there are often small areas of stubborn fat in the midsection. Together, the two create a gorgeous, cohesive result—one that’s well beyond what any home remedy can achieve.
As our tummy tuck before-and-after gallery shows, this surgery can create transformative results that can’t be replicated with other products. If you’re curious about your own tummy tuck options here in Sacramento, contact us online or call the practice (916) 929-1833.