How Will You Know If You Are Ready For Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Tummy Tuck Surgery

You follow a strict diet, but your waistline remains the same. You exercise regularly yet cannot shed those last few pounds from your midsection. You have lost all of your pregnancy weight yet cannot get rid of your protruding belly. Sound familiar? You are not alone; the abdomen can be a troublesome area for both men and women, even those who follow a healthy lifestyle, as stubborn tissue and fat frequently resides in the midsection and abdominal muscles that are weakened or separated cannot repair themselves. Luckily, abdominoplasty, a popular body contouring procedure, can help you achieve the flat stomach you have worked so hard for. The following criteria will help you determine your candidacy for a tummy tuck in Miami.

You Are In Good Overall Health

The first consideration when contemplating any surgical procedure should be your overall health. While a tummy tuck is considered a relatively low-risk cosmetic procedure, it is imperative that patients do not have any underlying health issues such as autoimmune disorders or connective tissue disorders, as these may impact the healing process. In addition, since abdominoplasty is performed using a general anaesthesia, the patient’s heart and lungs must be healthy.

You Have Reached Your Target Weight

A tummy tuck is an ideal procedure for individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight and have loose, excess skin and sagging abdominal muscles. Both pregnancy and obesity stretch the skin on the abdomen and increase the space between abdominal muscles, issues which a tummy tuck can successfully repair.

However, it is necessary to be within 15-20 pounds of your target weight before undergoing this procedure, as significant post-operative weight loss can result in additional loose or sagging skin in the abdomen, adversely impacting the results of your surgery. Similarly, post-operative weight gain will re-stretch and potentially re-separate the abdominal muscles, which is why it is advisable to wait until you are finished having children before undergoing this procedure.

You Have Loose Skin On Your Abdomen

While a tummy tuck can address excess abdominal fat, ideal candidates for this procedure must also have significant loose skin around the abdomen. A tummy tuck requires the plastic surgeon to make a horizontal incision in the lower bikini line and skin is removed giving a more aesthetic pleasing shape. However, patients with minimal lower abdomen laxity may be eligible for a mini or hybrid tummy tuck.

You Have Realistic Expectations

Before undergoing a tummy tuck in Miami, it is crucial that you have realistic expectations for the procedure. While abdominoplasty can yield dramatic results and often has a tremendous impact on an individual’s self-esteem, it is not a weight loss surgery and the results will not be immediate. Patients must be at or close to their ideal weight prior to the procedure and understand that the results will reveal themselves gradually. Downtime is required to achieve an optimal outcome. A healthy lifestyle will be essential to sustain the results of your procedure as they are only permanent if you work to maintain them.

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