A tummy tuck is an exceptionally popular cosmetic surgery procedure that can transform the appearance of your midsection. The surgery involves tightening the muscles of the abdomen and removing any excess skin to create a smoother, flatter stomach. Although anyone may want a tummy tuck at any time, it is particularly popular with moms and people who have lost a significant amount of weight. This is because both of these can leave people battling with loose stomach muscles and excess fat and skin that doesn’t seem to respond to diet and exercise.
As with all other types of cosmetic surgery, before you are given the green light for scheduling the procedure, you’ll need to attend a consultation appointment to determine if you are a good candidate for the surgery. Here are some of the things that your cosmetic surgeon will consider when they are assessing your suitability for a tummy tuck.
Just like any other surgical procedure, candidates need to be in good general health for a tummy tuck. This is mostly because of the use of general anesthetic, which has some risks associated with it. Fortunately, these risks are minimal for patients who are in good general health and are outweighed by the benefits you will experience.
Many people mistakenly believe that a tummy tuck is a fast and easy way to lose weight. While you may lose some weight when any excess skin is removed, weight loss is not what the surgery is designed for. It’s also important to realize that if you gain any weight, or lose any, the effects of your tummy tuck could be compromised. Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck are a healthy and stable weight.
Unsurprisingly, a tummy tuck isn’t recommended for anyone who intends to have children in the future. The reasons are similar to those similar to anyone who gains or loses weight. Becoming pregnant will affect your abdominal muscles and the skin on your stomach, reversing the effects of your tummy tuck procedure.
We know that smoking is bad for our health, but it also increases our risk of developing complications during and after surgery and slows down the rate at which our bodies can heal. If you smoke and would like a tummy tuck, quitting should be at the top of your list of priorities. At the very least you will need to commit to abstaining for at least 6 weeks before and after your surgery.
A tummy tuck can improve and even transform the appearance of your stomach. It can even boost your confidence and self-esteem, but it isn’t necessarily going to change other aspects of your life. Your surgeon will want to ensure that you are getting a tummy tuck for the right reasons – that it’s your idea and that you are having the surgery because you want to improve the way your stomach looks and not because someone else thinks you should. They will also want to be reassured that you have realistic expectations for what your stomach will look like after the surgery, and the effects that it may have on your life.
If you are interested in getting a tummy tuck and would like more information about what makes someone a good candidate for the procedure, please contact our cosmetic surgery team at Restivo Plastic Surgery, Inc in Maui, Hawaii. You can also call us at (808) 204-4800 to schedule an appointment.