Riverside, CA (PressExposure) January 13, 2010 -- Despite the heightened visibility of cosmetic surgery on television, many consumers are still confused by myths regarding the procedures that interest them. For example, Riverside tummy tuck and liposuction cosmetic surgery specialist Ben Childers, MD often helps consultation visit prospects sort through the bad information theyâve received â in an effort to ensure that they become fully prepared, educated patients.
To help diminish the fallacies that circulate about procedures such as abdominoplasty (commonly referred to as a âtummy tuckâ), Riversideâs Dr. Childers presents the following common tummy tuck myths â and aims to set the record straight.
Myth #1: A tummy tuck is a weight loss surgery.
The truth: Tummy tuck surgery should not be considered a weight loss surgery at all. Technically, it is referred to as a body contouring procedure. Other body contouring procedures include liposuction and various âliftâ procedures on the body â such as the upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. However, a tummy tuck significantly slenderizes the abdomen by removing excess fat and loose, hanging skin. Stomach muscles are also tightened, resulting in a firmer, more toned appearance.
Myth #2: A tummy tuck is a âminorâ cosmetic procedure, and wonât result in scarring.
The truth: Unfortunately, the term âtuckâ has mislead some to believe that abdominoplasty is minimally invasive, as Dr. Childersâ Riverside tummy tuck patients have indicated. In reality, itâs a major procedure that can lead to major results. Scarring should be expected (often, from hip bone to hip bone); but this does fade over time, and is easily masked by clothing.
Myth #3: Tummy tucks are for women only.
The truth: Believe it or not, abdominoplasty consistently ranks among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S., among women and men alike (source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons). Dr. Childers has also found this to be true among his Riverside tummy tuck patients. While women may seek tummy tuck surgery following childbirth, men often use it as a strategy for fending off an aged, âbeer bellyâ appearance. Itâs also an excellent way to tighten sagging skin following dramatic weight loss. Riverside cosmetic surgery specialist, Dr. Childers, can also focus the procedure on the sides of the abdomen to contour a slim waist.