A tummy tuck removes extra skin and fat in the abdominal area, creating a more firm appearance. The procedure also helps to firm the abdominal muscles, repairing separation that may have occurred with pregnancy, aging, or weight change. If you are unsure whether you are a candidate for a tummy tuck surgery, this guide may help you determine whether a consultation should be in your future.
1. You are generally a healthy person.
A tummy tuck is considered a low-risk surgery. Still, you should not have major underlying health issues if you opt to have the surgery, as there are always risks surrounding sedation. Certain health conditions can also affect your recovery post-tummy tuck, potentially even prolonging the healing process. It is essential that you are honest with your surgeon before you undergo the procedure.
2. You are within a healthy weight range.
A tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure. In fact, losing a lot of weight can actually have consequences after a tummy tuck. Losing a significant amount of weight after the procedure may result in requiring additional procedures.
3. You are concerned about loose skin around your abdominals.
Loose skin around your stomach will help the cosmetic surgeon make and close incisions properly. If you do not have the right amount of loose skin, it may otherwise make your abdominal area appear stretched after the healing process. In some cases, a doctor may recommend a partial tummy tuck rather than a full tummy tuck.
4. You have realistic expectations about the tummy tuck procedure.
It is important to remember that the results of the procedure appear gradually over time, not immediately. It is also important that you realize the post-surgery requirements, which include maintaining a healthy weight.
5. You don’t smoke or you are willing to quit smoking.
Smoking can cause complications during and after the surgery, so it is important that you are not a smoker. If you do smoke, you should commit to giving up the habit for at least the weeks surrounding the tummy tuck.
6. You are unhappy with your stomach after pregnancy.
Many good candidates for the tummy tuck procedure have been pregnant at least once. Pregnancy has been known to cause muscle weakness in many women, and some also find themselves unhappy with extra skin. While some women are able to “snap back,” others turn to surgical options as part of a mommy makeover.
On the other hand, it is wise to wait to have a tummy tuck procedure until you have decided you are not going to be pregnant again. While it is generally safe for an infant to be born post-surgery, you are likely to find yourself in a position of requiring another tummy tuck to achieve the results you had pre-pregnancy. This is because the muscles that your previous tummy tuck repaired may separate again.
7. You are committed to a healthy lifestyle.
A tummy tuck should not be the finish line. Instead, it should be merely one step in the process. You should commit to learning more about the ideal caloric intake and level of exercise for your health. This will help you maintain your tummy tuck results.
8. You want to strengthen your core.
Part of the tummy tuck surgery often requires tightening the abdominal muscles. Diastasis recti, separation of the abdominal muscles, is common with pregnancy. Women who have experienced multiple pregnancies or who give birth to babies with high birth weight are especially at risk. A tummy tuck may be able to correct this.
9. You have found a surgeon you trust.
If you think you might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck, we would love to hear from you. Building a relationship with a surgeon will help you feel comfortable with pursuing your tummy tuck and achieving brilliant results.