Director – Choreographer Farah Khan underwent a tummy tuck recently. She revealed it to a publication, “Yes, I went through a tummy tuck. There is nothing to hide”. She added ,”It is just that as I had delivered triplets, my tummy was hanging. There was no way any amount of exercise and diet would help. It is something that I wanted to do for personal reasons. As I currently had time on hand, I went for it after doing extensive research on it”.
Before you jump on that tummy-tuck bandwagon too, you should know what the procedure is about. We bring you a brief introduction about the procedure.
The tummy tuck procedure, also called Abdominoplasty is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin creating firmer and shapely abs. Ideally, it is not something which can replace weight loss with exercise and a good diet. It is indicated for people who are unable to get their abs in shape even after a lot of exercise (core conditioning). Usually, people opt for it after pregnancy or if they have a tummy due to heredity. At times, even when people lose a significant amount of weight, the skin over the abdomen hangs loosely and hence might need a tummy tuck.
But do bear in mind that it is a good option only if you are physically healthy and at a stable weight and are committed to fitness for life. It is advisable that you delay the procedure if you’re planning a pregnancy or lose a significant amount of weight in the near future.
People often confuse liposuction with a tummy tuck. While liposuction only removes the fat in certain areas, a tummy tuck removes fat and the overlying skin too. Sometimes, a liposuction may be done as part of the tummy tuck.
Being a surgery after all, it does have its complications. There might be pain and soreness for several days. Infection and bleeding under the skin flaps can also occur. The risks are increased if you have diabetes, heart, lung or liver disease. A few people who’ve undergone tummy tucks do report ugly scarring.
So, before you get under the surgeon’s knife, do your research and get your facts in place. Consult an experienced surgeon, understand the procedure, it’s pros and cons and then go for it.
First Published: May 22, 2012 at 12:39 PM