Are You a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures, especially among post-pregnancy women. It has a very high satisfaction rate, and a 97% "worth it" rating on RealSelf.
A tummy tuck can help you tone and tighten your abdomen, reducing excess skin and fat for a slimmer, more contoured look. Although it is most popular in women wanting to restore their pre-baby body with a "mommy makeover" and people who have lost a large amount of weight, it can be done on anyone who has loose skin and problematic stubborn fat around the midsection.
Since a tummy tuck is an invasive surgery, albeit one that has a very impressive safety record, it is important to know if you are a good candidate to undergo this procedure.
Here are 5 traits of the ideal tummy tuck candidate.
1. Is At Or Near Ideal Weight
First of all, candidates must understand that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure. It can effectively remove stubborn fat that does not respond to diet or exercise, but it will not produce a significant loss of pounds. However, it is a great way to achieve a slimmer, more toned appearance, and for many people can be a catalyst for embarking upon a healthy lifestyle change.
2. Is Not Planning On More Kids
Generally speaking, it is best to have a tummy tuck after you have already had all the children you are planning on. Pregnancy can cause you to gain hard-to-lose fat, your skin to stretch out, and in some cases, your abdominal muscles to separate. Having another child after you've had a tummy tuck can undo all of the good that the procedure did.
3. Is In Good Physical Health
Being in good physical health is a requirement for all elective surgeries, including tummy tuck. If you have any chronic conditions, they should be well managed and under control. If you are a smoker, you should be able and willing to give up smoking for at least six weeks before your tummy tuck.
4. Has Realistic Expectations
Realistic expectations are a key requirement before undergoing cosmetic surgery. You need to understand what the procedure can and can't accomplish, how long it will be before you see the final results, how long you can expect to be out of work, and how much scarring there will be. You should also understand that no cosmetic surgery is a miracle worker, and you will still have your own body – just better looking. You're not going to miraculously achieve a perfectly toned 6-pack following a tummy tuck, and in order to keep your results, you'll need to eat a healthy diet and perform moderate exercise.
5. Has Loose Skin And/Or Separated Abdominal Muscles
If your only concern is some excess fat around your abdomen, you may be a better candidate for a less invasive procedure such as liposuction. A tummy tuck is best suited for those who have excess fat in addition to significant loose skin and possibly abdominal muscles that have separated due to pregnancy. If you only have minor loose skin and excess fat, you may be a candidate for a mini tummy tuck, which is a less invasive version of a full tummy tuck.
Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation in New Jersey or Staten Island Today
If you think that you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck, don't hesitate to call Associates in Plastic Surgery at 732-548-3200 today to schedule your consultation. Our board-certified surgeons have years of experience performing tummy tucks, and are happy to help you achieve the appearance you want.
We serve patients in Edison, Marlboro, and Warren, New Jersey, as well as Staten Island, New York.