A tummy tuck surgery is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the stomach region. This could be a great way to strengthen abdominal muscles that have separated or weakened at some point in your life. These problems are usually caused by age, pregnancy, major changes in weight or prior surgeries on the abdomen. Once the abdominal muscles are restored with the abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, you may have a flatter, smoother and firmer stomach.
Your overall health and weight could be a major factor determining if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck. The procedure is not a replacement for a weight loss program. If you are hoping to lose a lot of weight through a tummy tuck, then this procedure may not be for you. Tummy tucks are designed to remove a little excess fat on the stomach, so they may not work on someone that is obese.
You may need to maintain a normal weight in order to get a tummy tuck. The effects of the tummy tuck may only last as long as you stay close to your weight following the surgery. If you plan on losing a lot of weight in the future, then you may not be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Losing a lot of weight after the surgery could negate any positive effects of the tummy tuck. If you are planning on losing a lot of weight, then you may need to wait until you hit your ideal weight before getting the procedure.
The effects of a tummy tuck could be eliminated with significant weight gain, so anyone planning on getting pregnant in the future may not be a good candidate. The tight stomach achieved from the tummy tuck surgery could be removed when you get pregnant.
The final restriction on getting the tummy tuck procedure is that you may need to be a non-smoker. While the tummy tuck surgery could be a relatively safe procedure, smokers may be put at a much higher risk of complications. Any smoker that absolutely wants a tummy tuck surgery may need to quit smoking several weeks before undergoing the surgery to eliminate potential risk.
If you are a non-smoker unhappy with the appearance of your stomach that is not looking to gain or lose a lot of weight in the future, then you may be a perfect candidate for a tummy tuck. You can schedule your consultation appointment today to learn even more about the tummy tuck procedure. At Real Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, we welcome the opportunity to review your cosmetic goals before developing a treatment plan right for you. Contact us today for your consultation.