Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?
At one time or another, every woman wonders whether or not an abdominoplasty, or as it is more commonly know…a tummy tuck is right for her.
For women suffering from stretch marks, or loose abdominal skin, be it the result of the normal aging process, heredity, pregnancy, or a meaningful lifestyle change resulting in significant weight loss, a tummy tuck can be performed to rejuvenate the appearance of the abdominal region. It can also be used to correct the unsightly result of previous surgeries.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, abdominoplasty, “removes excess fat and skin and restores weakened muscles to create a smoother, firmer abdominal profile.” The result is a strengthened abdomen, which looks more flattering in clothes.
By strengthening the abdominal region, women can expect corrective improvements to ventral hernias, which are the protrusion of either the intestine or abdominal tissue through the abdominal wall. The repaired abdominal muscles can also result in an increase in core strength, improved posture, and a decrease in back pain.
The combined benefit of a smoother, firmer, and less cumbersome abdomen, coupled with a supportive abdominal wall, and increased core strength, allows abdominoplasty recipients new freedom of movement and an ability to take exercise programs to the next level.
While a tummy tuck can not be used as a method of weight loss, many women experience both weight loss and the decrease in dress size following the healing process. The average procedure results in a drop of one to two sizes.
Are You A Good Candidate
While there is no official age limit to receive a tummy tuck, the best candidate is between 25 and 60 years of age.
Per the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s website, a good tummy tuck candidate is:
- physically healthy and at a stable weight.
- has realistic expectations.
- Is a non-smoker.
- is bothered by the appearance of their abdomen.
When It’s Time to Wait
While many women can benefit from an abdominoplasty, it may not always be the right time. Women who are in the midst of growing a family will want to wait until after they have recovered from their final pregnancy. Pregnancy following a tummy tuck will re-stretch the abdominal skin, which can be problematic.
Women on a weight loss journey, who have not yet reached their goal are also advised to wait. Performing a tummy tuck too early in the weight loss process will leave loose skin when the final weight is reached.
Finding The Right Surgeon
When searching for a surgeon, it is important to look for the best.
Michael L. Hoops, M.D., of the Plastic Surgery Clinic in Cleveland, Tennessee, is a board-certified plastic surgeon and recognized by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which has approved medical specialty boards, such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, since 1934.
As a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a designation that ensures a highly-trained and qualified surgeon, you can feel confident and comfortable in your decision.