- What is a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)?
- Who benefits from an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?
- What are the considerations of a tummy tuck?
- What are the types of tummy tucks?
- How to choose a plastic surgeon for your abdominoplasty
- The procedure for a tummy tuck
- Recovery and aftercare of a tummy tuck
- Some questions answered
Who benefits from an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?
A tummy tuck can help you to address what you don’t like about your abdominal area and correct these issues in creating a firmer, more toned stomach region. Women who have been pregnant tend to opt for this procedure as they feel as though their abdominal muscles have never regained the strength and tone they once had. They often also feel self-conscious about their tummy skin, which, after having a baby, has not returned to its once taught appearance.
However, the decision for this surgery is a personal one, and there are a variety of reasons why people have it done. Many people have explored other avenues such as dieting and exercise and found that they are unable to achieve a tighter and more toned tummy. The issue often lies in the bathroom scale showing weight has been lost, but the abdominal skin still appears stretched and saggy.
Should you get an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?
The following is a list of reasons that can contribute to you being an ideal candidate for an abdominoplasty:
- Pregnancy, weight loss and aging have resulted with excess skin on your abdomen and/or the muscles being weakened.
- You are a non-smoker. Smoking can slow down the healing process and result in complications during and after surgery. If you do smoke, your surgeon will advise you to stop at least six weeks prior to surgery.
- You are happy with your weight and it does not fluctuate. If you are slim but carry extra skin around the abdominal region, you are a good candidate for an abdominoplasty. Obese people are recommended against the surgery as it will not be as beneficial until they achieve a healthy body mass index (BMI).
- If you carry excess amounts of fat around your abdominal organs your surgeon will suggest you lose weight before the surgery as extra fatty tissue can result in risks and complications during and after surgery.
- You are in good physical health and shape.
- You are past child-bearing age or do not plan to have any more children. There are specific abdominal muscles that can be tightened and repaired during the surgery, which can be undone during a pregnancy as your muscles move to accommodate the growing foetus.
- You have stretch marks and flab that are not seeing improvement through diet and exercise.
- You feel as though your belly sticks out and is unattractive.
- Your stomach contour (shape) has resulted in your self-confidence taking a knock.