How Do I Know if I’m a Good Candidate For a Tummy Tuck?
The tummy tuck is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help recontour your abdomen, removing excess skin and tissue that’s in the way. You can achieve life-changing results from the tummy tuck, but the procedure is not for everyone. If you’re thinking about undergoing the procedure, here are some indications that you are a good candidate:
You’re prepared for surgery and downtime
There are plenty of nonsurgical solutions to recontouring your abdominal area, but none of them can offer the dramatic improvements that the tummy tuck can. However, with any surgical procedure, you must be prepared for everything that comes with it including anesthesia, some discomfort, scarring, and downtime. Make sure you’re able to take the necessary time off work (about 1-2 weeks) and can arrange for someone to help care for you and small children if you have them. It’s important to be patient when it comes to your results, allowing time for your body to heal and lingering swelling to resolve. If you’re looking for instant results, the tummy tuck might not be right for you.
You have excess skin and tissue
There are many factors that lead to stretched skin and hanging tissue in the midsection. Some of the most common causes are pregnancy, a dramatic weight loss, or aging. Whatever the reason, the tummy tuck can effectively address these concerns. With the tummy tuck procedure, the underlying tissue and muscles are tightened, and excess skin is removed, helping you achieve a flat abdomen.
It’s important to know that the tummy tuck will not address large amounts of stubborn fat. If you do have stubborn fat along with excess skin and tissue, talk to Dr. Shaddix about adding liposuction to your procedure for optimal improvements.
You are within your ideal weight range
The best candidates for the tummy tuck will be in their healthy weight range. The tummy tuck is not an alternative to weight loss and should only be chosen once you have completed your weight loss journey. You should also practice a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a healthy diet before and after your procedure. Weight gain after a tummy tuck can distort your results.
The only way to know for sure that you are a good candidate for the tummy tuck is to schedule your consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Shaddix. Dr. Shaddix is an expert in tummy tuck techniques and can meet with you to develop your treatment plan. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.