There are often several myths associated with different types of surgical procedures and they are regularly accepted as the truth. Dr Hunt addresses some of the most common myths associated with an abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck.
I’ll get a new belly button
During a tummy tuck, the belly button that you have will be reshaped and refashioned but will stay in the same location. We do not make a new belly button, instead we work around the current belly button position to create a natural belly button that fits the proportions of the re-contoured abdomen.
I can’t have a baby after tummy tuck
Having had a tummy tuck does not stop you falling pregnant and does not stop you carrying a pregnancy to full term.
After the baby is born there will be a return of the abdominal contour and the final results of the tummy tuck may need to be revised if the skin does not return to its pre-pregnancy position. Rest assured, having a tummy tuck does not mean that you cannot fall pregnant or could not carry a full-term pregnancy.
I can’t combine my tummy tuck with other procedures
Frequently, the changes of weight loss or pregnancy result in changes in the abdominal contour, as well as the breast and it is not uncommon to undergo a combined breast surgery with a tummy tuck. Other combinations may include liposuction with a tummy tuck with areas such as the thighs or the lower back being contoured at the same time.
What is 360° body contour?
Dr Hunt believes that the results of body contouring should look good from the front, the sides and the back. To achieve this he will often use liposuction of the lower back to improve the contour of the lower back and the love handles. Dr Hunt’s intention with abdominal contouring is to use the most appropriate procedure to achieve the result that shows an improvement in contour from the front, the back, as well as the sides.
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