Many people choose a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, in order to achieve a slimmer, more toned appearance. Tummy tuck surgery smooths the midsection by removing loose skin and excess fat while also tightening the abdominal muscles.
However, a tummy tuck is not the right procedure for everyone. While the best way to know for sure whether this surgery is right for you is to have a consultation with a plastic surgeon, there are a few standard qualifiers that can help you decide whether to pursue a tummy tuck.
You have good overall physical health.
Ideal candidates are in generally good physical health. Any serious health concerns or illnesses can complicate surgery and your healing. It’s also best to be a non-smoker.
You have loose skin or separated muscles.
A tummy tuck removes loose skin, including stretch marks, and tightens the abdominal muscles. If neither of these factors is a concern for you, you may be better suited to a less invasive procedure, such as liposuction. Dr. Lee will help you determine which procedure will yield the best results for your situation.
You are not planning to become pregnant.
A tummy tuck is often included in a mommy makeover, and it’s best that candidates do not plan to become pregnant in the future before they elect to have a tummy tuck. Pregnancy drastically effects the appearance of the abdominal area, and could undo the appearance that a tummy tuck achieves. Nobody wants to have to repeat a tummy tuck to regain their results.
You’re at a stable, healthy weight.
While a tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat, it is not considered a weight-loss procedure. Many people choose a tummy tuck to remove residual loose skin that remains after they’ve undergone a dramatic weight loss. If you still have significant progress to make toward a weight-loss goal, it’s best to wait to have a tummy tuck until your weight is healthy and stable.
Schedule a Consultation
Ultimately, a plastic surgeon such as Dr. Lee is uniquely qualified to determine whether a tummy tuck is a suitable procedure for an individual. To learn more, schedule a consultation online or call our Fort Wayne office at (260) 427-7473.