Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a popular procedure that both men and women and can improve their appearance. The tummy tuck is an elective surgical procedure that targets the abdominal area to make it more aesthetically pleasing by tightening and reshaping the abdominal area. It tucks in a protruding belly by taking out the sagging, loose skin, leaving it more flat and toned. The result is a firmer abdomen that boosts your confidence.


What Makes a Right Candidate for the Tummy Tuck?


The basic qualification is that the man or woman thinking about the procedure should be in good health. He or she should be a non-smoker also the skin and abdominal muscles must be loose. The person must also have excess fat deposits in the belly area that need removing. The ideal candidate must be within 20 percent of his or her ideal weight. It is also critical to have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure.


Most applicants are usually persons who have lost a great deal of weight. The candidates may have been in one of the following conditions:


1. Was Pregnant


If pregnancy seriously altered the shape of your body, a tummy tuck may help you get back to your ideal profile. For some women, pregnancy causes a significant change in the sizes of their hips, breasts, and belly. Others gain a lot of weight only to lose it later. Pregnancy also causes abdominal muscles to weaken and separate permanently. These changes may cause you to have sagging inelastic skin and lots of stretch marks. If you’re dissatisfied with how your abdomen looks post-pregnancy, an abdominoplasty may help improve it.


2. Genetic Influence


Sometimes, even with exercise, dieting, and other measures, you may not evade having a protruding belly. Some people are genetically predisposed to it.


To some, a little protrusion is not an issue, but to others, it’s significant enough to affect their confidence. To have a tummy tuck, you need not have too much excess skin and fat. Even the small bit that would give you a “final touch” if removed is acceptable. So, go ahead and book your surgery to achieve your desired physique, finally.


3. You Reached an Exercise Plateau


The primary vehicle for losing weight is diet and exercise. But, even after diligent exercising, it still might prove difficult losing the last few pounds. For most people, the stubborn fat is usually in the belly area, and not even challenging exercising can get rid of it. This is called a plateau. If this happens to you, a tummy tuck is a way to go. A little push to the “goal post” will help you look and feel better.


Preparing for the Surgery


Before taking up the surgery, you should already be in a stable weight that you can comfortably maintain after the abdominoplasty. Also, if you smoke, it would be best if you stopped smoking entirely. If you cannot kick the habit, you may want to stop smoking for weeks before and after the surgery.


Manage Your Expectations


Finally, be realistic about the outcome of the surgery. For example, while you will get a firm abdomen, expect to have a horizontal scar reaching from one hipbone to the other. Fortunately, undergarments hide this scar well. Consider it a small trade for having an attractive physique and for your clothes to fit well. But, if you expect to have more children or are pregnant, a tummy tuck is not for you.


To determine if you qualify for tummy tuck surgery, contact Gupta Plastic Surgery in San Diego and Carlsbad, California at 858-408-6100.

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