The tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that re-contours your abdominal area. This area can be difficult to tone, especially when excess skin and hanging tissue is present. Patients who have been pregnant or undergone a dramatic weight loss often seek the tummy tuck to tighten and tone their abdominal area. But there are some instances when you should hold off on having the procedure. Find out If you’re really ready!
You’re unhappy with excess skin and tissue
Before opting for the tummy tuck, make sure your concerns can be addressed with one. The tummy tuck procedure aims to remove stretched skin and tighten the underlying tissues. Although some stubborn fat will be removed in the process, if excess fat is your main concern, you might benefit more from another procedure like liposuction. If both excess skin and stubborn fat are causing your poor contour, you can talk with your surgeon about combining procedures. The tummy tuck can also reposition your belly button.
You’re prepared for tummy tuck surgery
Like any surgical procedure, a tummy tuck requires you to be both physically and mentally healthy. This helps to ensure your procedure and recovery go smoothly for the best results. Ideal candidates are nonsmokers or are willing to quit for many weeks before their procedure. Patients should be choosing the tummy tuck for the right reasons and have realistic expectations for their results. They should also be mentally prepared for some discomfort and downtime and be willing to take at least a week off work to recover. If you’re not ready for a surgical procedure, it is best to hold off on your tummy tuck treatment.
You’re within your ideal weight range
A tummy tuck can put the final touches on your contour, revealing a toned abdominal whether it’s after weight loss, pregnancy, or other factors. However, the tummy tuck is not a weight loss alternative. Patients should only choose the tummy tuck once they are within 30% of their ideal weight range and are committed to staying in that range after surgery. Large weight fluctuation after the tummy tuck could negatively effect and even reverse your results. This includes pregnancy, so before you choose the tummy tuck, make sure you’re done having children.
The decision to have the tummy tuck procedure isn’t one you’ll have to make alone! Schedule your consultation with Dr. Berman to discuss your concerns and make sure you’re ready for the procedure.