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The Tummy Tuck Gains Popularity


It’s never too early to start thinking about the summer. What better time to think about the beach than during the cold Alberta winter! With New Years resolutions of losing weight and all the hard work in the gym, you’ll be getting your body ready for the beach sooner than you think. Read the blog below to find out why the tummy tuck is more popular than ever.

In the US alone the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has reported that tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) has seen an increase of 79% in a 13-year period. You don’t associate Alberta cities like Edmonton and Calgary with white sandy beaches, but that doesn’t mean that Albertans aren’t working hard on their beach bodies. Similarly to the US statistics, the popularity of abdominoplasty has also increased in Canada. Why is the procedure become so popular?  Abdominoplasty restores a flat, smooth and contoured stomach for people with loose hanging skin over the abdomen. The top reasons why perspective patients undergo abdominoplasty are: to restore skin from pregnancy and from weight loss.

The term “Mommy Makeover” has become very popular in recent years and plastic surgeons like Dr. Ladak offer abdominoplasty as part of a package for women that have given birth. During pregnancy the belly expands and after birth the belly rapidly shrinks which results in loose skin hanging over the abdomen. Women have various products that are available to help with the stretch marks that also develop during pregnancy, but the reality of stretch marks and loose skin is unavoidable. The abdominoplasty removes the excess skin and if needed also removes fat deposits over the stomach and restore a contoured form. The tummy tuck can also eliminate the loose skin over the C-section scar. In the case of C-sections plastic surgeons recommend waiting several months, allowing the body to settle, so not to undo any of the effects of the abdominoplasty.

The abdominoplasty is not going to solve obesity, but helps in the case of people that have lost weight both rapidly or gradually. In the case of gradual weight loss, age plays a major factor in the amount of loose skin that can develop over the abdomen. As we age our skin loses its elasticity, so even with weight loss that is achieved over a longer duration of time, depending on your age, your body may have lots of excess skin. With rapid weight loss, dieting and training can burn away unwanted fat, however skin is a different story. Abdominoplasty can once again achieve the desired flatter and smoother stomach. The excess skin that remains behind after large weight loss is removed and stubborn fat deposits that won’t disappear no matter the level of exercise is also removed via liposuction. Dr. Ladak during your consultation will evaluate if you would also benefit from small amounts of liposuction around the stomach. The two procedures are completed together and both work at restoring the flatter stomach, so you can show off your hard work on the beach.

The Bottom Line:

Dr. Ladak at Alberta Plastic is helping people restore a more contoured form of their body after pregnancy and weight loss. A woman’s body will have unavoidable changes and effects from pregnancy that include loose skin and stretch marks over their stomach. It is natural for women to want to fix these changes that have occurred. For people with weight loss, the reward of living a healthier lifestyle can come with similar effects of excess skin over the abdomen. With the tummy tuck, Dr. Ladak is able to fix these unwanted results from pregnancy or weight loss.

If you’re interested in finding out more about what Dr. Adil Ladak’s plastic and cosmetic surgery practice in Edmonton, Alberta, call today to schedule a consultation. 

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