Tummy Tuck Candidate?

Tummy tuck and abdominoplasty candidate

Am I a Tummy Tuck Candidate?

If you look in the mirror and notice that your stomach is not as slender and shapely as you would desire, you may have wondered whether a tummy tuck would be a good idea. You likely have already tried a combination of diet and exercise. Yet there remains a protuberant abdomen or loose, hanging skin. A tummy tuck is a common name used to refer to a plastic surgery procedure named abdominoplasty. The purpose of this type of plastic surgery is to remove fat, smooth any wrinkles and tighten the skin over the abdominal region.

Tummy Tuck Benefits…
In the last decade, tummy tuck surgery has steadily gained popularity. With easier access and more exposure to this popular surgical procedure, you may be wondering if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Well, the answer lies in many different factors. Not everyone is considered eligible for a tummy tuck procedure. Do you consider yourself physically fit in general? If the main exception is loose skin or fat in your abdominal region, and if the problem area has not improved even with regular exercise, a tummy tuck may be for you. Generally, the inability to tighten the abdominal muscles is a result of slackness of the muscles underneath. Below are some of the considerations that Dr. Chen Lee uses to determine whether you are an abdominoplasty candidate.

Past Pregnancies…
The most common cause of this physical condition is pregnancy. For women who have had one or more pregnancies, it is practically impossible to return their tummy area to a flat appearance. The abdominal muscles and the covering skin been stretched beyond their original elasticity and can no longer return to their original form.

Weight Loss…
Massive weight loss patients will often suffer from residual of loose tummy skin and lax abdominal muscles. People who have lost a lot of weight from diet and exercise or through lap band surgery are good candidates for a tummy tuck procedure. High volume weight loss can cause a person to have excess skin in the abdominal area, which can then be corrected by an abdominoplasty.

Aging Process…
The normal aging process is the third most common reason that a person may develop abdominal muscle laxity and sag of the skin. Healthy older patients with this problem are excellent candidates for tummy tucks.

Are you planning any future pregnancies?…
In addition, women are asked to wait until after they are finished having children to have a tummy tuck because additional pregnancies can undo the positive results of an abdominoplasty. Some women experience additional discomfort during pregnancies after a tummy tuck. If you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant, it is generally advised that you postpone an abdominoplasty procedure until your child-bearing years are over. Other medical conditions or issues may render you ineligible for tummy tuck surgery.

Prepare Mentally and Physically

An abdominoplasty is a significant surgical procedure that is not for everyone. Your expectations must not only match the reality of what you’ll be provided with. Being mentally and emotionally prepared to realistically deal with the anticipated events the following abdominoplasty will increase the likelihood of a satisfying experience and outcome. While this form of cosmetic surgery is designed to improve the tone and contour of your midsection, it will in no way return you to your youth or create the perfect body. In many cases, a tummy tuck procedure will enhance one’s self-confidence and image. Complications following abdominoplasty are fewer if you are physically at or near your ideal body weight and in good general health.

Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?

Both a tummy tuck and liposuction can help men and women achieve a more slender belly, but which is right for you depends on many factors. If your abdomen bulges only because of stubborn fat deposits, liposuction may be the right option for you. A tummy tuck may be better if you have skin that is slack and not likely to contract, stretch marks or otherwise unattractive abdominal skin, or loose abdominal muscles. An abdominoplasty can correct all of the above and can be combined with surgical fat removal or liposuction to give you a better result.

The Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedure

A tummy tuck is generally performed under general anesthesia in a hospital or surgical facility. There are two forms of tummy tuck commonly used, a full tummy tuck and mini abdominoplasty. In a full tummy tuck, skin and abdominal muscles are tightened along the entire length of the abdomen from the rib cage to the pubic area. Some skin is removed, which can include skin marred by stretch marks. Fat from the area can be removed as well. In a mini tummy tuck, tightening is only done from the navel to the pubic area. Some skin and fat are removed. Whether you have a full or mini tummy tuck, the procedure leaves a scar that can easily be concealed with most underwear or bikini bottoms.

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess or sagging skin and fatty tissue from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten muscles of the abdominal wall. In some cases, it can help repair hernias or separated muscles. The procedure is very effective in changing the appearance of your abdomen. Get the flat tummy that you’ve always dreamed of. Dr. Chen Lee is a board-certified plastic surgeon. He will perform a complete evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for abdominoplasty. 

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