Miami Residents Ask: Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is also known as an abdominoplasty. It is a cosmetic surgery procedure that tightens and sculpts the abdominal region. A tummy tuck can help to eliminate sagging skin and stubborn areas of fat that can be caused by pregnancy, weight loss or aging. It can shrink your waistline and help create a more toned appearance.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
If you would like to achieve a more toned abdomen, or if you desire a more contoured figure, you could be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. The best candidates for a tummy tuck are in otherwise good health. They have an excess of fat and skin in the lower abdomen, but they are at a healthy weight. Those with generalized obesity are not good candidates for this procedure.
If you are having a tummy tuck, it is important that you are not planning on becoming pregnant. Wait until you are done having children to undergo a tummy tuck. Future pregnancies can separate the repaired muscles and stretch the skin around your belly again. Pregnancy can negate the results of your tummy tuck.
If you are planning to have a tummy tuck because you have lost a significant amount of weight, you should be within 15 to 20 pounds of your ideal weight before undergoing this procedure. (If you lose more than 30 pounds, it can leave more excess skin and sagging muscles around the stomach, undoing the results of your tummy tuck.)
Also, to be a good tummy tuck candidate you should have realistic expectations about the procedure.
- It is not intended to be a weight loss surgery
- You should be aware that you will face a significant recovery period following your tummy tuck
- Your results will appear gradually as your healing progresses
- You will need to eat a healthy diet and maintain a regular exercise routine – if you are committed to living a healthy lifestyle you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck
To find out if a tummy tuck is right for you, contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation. Dr. Paul Afrooz has offices in Miami and Boca Raton, Florida, serving residents of Miami, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale.