A tummy tuck cosmetic surgery, medically known as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure where the surgeon takes out excessive abdominal skin and fat tissue, and tightens the loose muscles in the abdomen. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will carefully determine the patient’s candidacy for tummy tuck.
Typical characteristics of a good candidate for tummy tuck will include:
Lax skin in the abdomen region
A tummy tuck plastic surgery may address stubborn fat pockets in the abdominal area, but to be a good candidate for this surgery, the patient should additionally have surplus skin around the abdomen. The surgeon will create a significant incision to perform the surgery. If the patient does not have surplus skin, it could create tension in the skin leading to an unsightly “stretched” appearance.
Good physical health
Tummy tucks are relatively safe surgeries. Nevertheless, a patient should not choose this procedure if they suffer from a major underlying health condition. The administration of general anesthesia requires well-functioning heart and lungs. Connective tissue and autoimmune disorders can pose challenges to the healing process.
Have realistic expectations from tummy tuck
Abdominoplasty can have a positive impact on a patient’s looks and confidence levels, but it is performed as a weight loss procedure. After the surgery, the patient will require time to recover and the outcome will be visible slowly as the area heals. The results of the surgery require a balanced diet and exercise regimen to sustain for a long time.
Have given birth or lost a large amount of weight
Pregnancy and obesity can adversely impact the abdominal muscles and cause the skin around the belly to stretch. In these cases, the skin and muscles can be significantly compromised. Even after childbirth or attaining a healthy weight, the skin hangs loosely around the stomach region. A tummy tuck can repair this damage so that the body is aligned to the patient’s new body weight.
Not planning a pregnancy
In case the patient plans to have a pregnancy in the foreseeable future, she should avoid tummy tuck until then. Pregnancy can disintegrate the repaired muscles and stretch the skin around the belly again. This would warrant another tummy tuck to correct the damage.
Not planning on further weight loss
The ideal candidate will be within 15 to 20 pounds of their optimal weight range prior to a tummy tuck surgery. Though a few patients lose some weight post-surgery, losing more than 30 pounds could leave more surplus skin and lax muscles around the stomach, which would negate the benefits of the procedure.
Some candidates may choose tummy tuck as part of a mommy makeover surgery, or combine it with procedures such as breast lift or breast implants for more comprehensive outcomes. Amazing and committed cosmetic surgeon Roger Tsai, MD receives patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and other towns and suburbs in this region of the southwest for tummy tuck surgery.
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