Before undergoing any type of cosmetic procedure, you should thoughtfully weigh your options and consider every aspect of the entire process, so that you can reach a decision that you are comfortable with. To do that, you’ll need to first ground yourself with some solid information.
Also known as an abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck procedure improves the abdomen when it is affected by problems like loose and sagging skin, fat, and muscle laxity. If you have recently been pregnant or lost a significant amount of weight, a tummy tuck procedure can help you obtain a flatter and tighter tummy.
Here are a few questions that you may want to ask yourself before committing to a tummy tuck:
Am I done having children?
The tummy tuck is a significant procedure that should not be undertaken lightly. Although the procedure can significantly improve your appearance, it is not one that you want to undergo multiple times if possible.
Pregnancy will dramatically alter your body, leading to a rapid expansion of your abdomen. Of course, this will result in skin, muscle, and tissues that become stretched. Although a tummy tuck will tighten the abdominal area, pregnancy will quickly reverse its effects, leading to muscle separation and skin laxity.
So patients are advised to make sure that they have no plans to bear children before undergoing a tummy tuck procedure so that the process does not need to be repeated in the future.
Am I close to my ideal weight?
Despite common misconceptions, the tummy tuck should not be considered a weight loss procedure, although you may lose some weight after the removal of excess skin and fat. The procedure will not make you sculpted and thin if you are already significantly overweight.
Simply put, your tummy tuck results will be less than ideal if you are significantly overweight at the time that your procedure is performed.
Do I want to combine my tummy tuck with other procedures?
Patients commonly pair their tummy tuck with other types of procedures to enhance the effects. For example, you may want to consider combining your tummy tuck with a:
- Breast lift
- Breast augmentation
So if you’re thinking about combining your tummy tuck with another type of procedure, share your goals and concerns with your plastic surgeon during your initial consultation. They can help you determine which specific procedure would work best to help you accomplish your aesthetic goals.
Would I make a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure?
As you consider committing to a tummy tuck procedure, you should take a look at your lifestyle and health to make sure that the procedure is right for you.
- Do you smoke or use any type of nicotine product?
- Do you have muscle separation or loose and sagging skin in your abdominal area?
- Are you in good general health and have any chronic medical conditions under control?
For More Information
If you would like to request additional information about the tummy tuck procedure or want to further explore your treatment options, please contact Queen City Plastic Surgery of Charlotte today to book your initial consultation.