Abdominoplasty surgery, more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck in Scottsdale, is one of the most well known and often performed plastic surgery procedures. According to 2019 data from The Aesthetic Society, the tummy tuck is the third most popular plastic surgery procedure, trailing breast augmentation and liposuction. With interest in plastic surgery on the rise due COVID-19 restrictions, 2021 may be on pace for the most cosmetic surgery procedures ever.
Due to this recent surge of interest in plastic surgery, we are seeing an increased number of patients seeking in tummy tuck surgery in Scottsdale. In this blog post, we will discuss tummy tuck surgery and why it is trending as one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in Scottsdale and across the country.
What is an abdominoplasty?
A tummy tuck, or an abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure to remove excess skin and fat in the abdominal area. A tummy tuck may often be combined with liposuction to remove fat in the waist, while the tummy tuck procedure removes the excess skin. Tummy tuck surgery is becoming more popular, as it is included in most mommy makeover surgical plans. After a tummy tuck, a woman will have an enhanced, smoothed, and toned abdominal profile.
Does a tummy tuck improve stretch marks from pregnancy?
A tummy tuck creates a toned and firm abdomen by removing excess skin of the waist and lower abdomen. Patients find that stretch marks in these areas are greatly improved, as the overall tone of the skin has tightened. Stretch marks located in the excess skin that is removed during tummy tuck surgery are lost forever. However, any stretch marks found in areas of the upper abdomen or outside of the surgical area of a tummy tuck may not be impacted by a tummy tuck. Non-surgical treatments may be recommended by your plastic surgeon to address those stretch marks.
Why is tummy tuck surgery becoming more popular?
Demand for plastic surgery is surging during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to various news reports. Facial plastic surgery procedures are increasing due to people looking at themselves on Zoom calls and a desire to improve their facial appearance. Body enhancement surgery, including mommy makeover and tummy tuck surgeries, may be more popular as patients now have more available time for recovery. As recovery following tummy tuck surgery requires resting at home without travel, the COVID-19 restrictions make this much less of an inconvenience for patients. Also, patients may have money saved away from not traveling that they can now apply towards plastic surgery.
Google Trends reveal increased interest
Google has an interesting tool to graphically highlight trends of searches. This chart is reflects the past five years of searches for tummy tuck in Arizona. Notice the data spike during summer of 2020. Most likely, a continued interest in tummy tuck surgery will be sustained over the course of this year.
Google Trends reveals dramatic spike in plastic surgery searches
After looking at the spike in interest for tummy tucks, we thought it would be interesting to see the spike in plastic surgery over the past five years. Take a look at this chart from Google Trends which shows a major spike as we start into 2021. While the chart above showed a slight increase of interest in tummy tucks, this search trend spike for “plastic surgery” is quite dramatic.
Considering a tummy tuck in Scottsdale in 2021?
If you are considering a tummy tuck or mommy makeover in 2021, you clearly are not alone. This year may be the best opportunity to comfortably recover from a tummy tuck procedure without pressure to leave the house. The first step is to request a consultation with Dr. Ashley Howarth, one of Arizona’s top female plastic surgeons for tummy tuck and mommy makeover procedures. The consultation is your one-on-one opportunity to see if you are a candidate for tummy tuck surgery, learn more about the procedure, and ask questions.
To learn more, please visit our Tummy Tuck page or Request a Consultation.