Inevitably, the abdomen is the first place that extra weight and fat settles in the body. Years of weight fluctuation, pregnancies, and even genetic factors can impact the appearance of your abdomen. A tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin and creates a defined midsection that is smoother and firmer than ever before.
Everyone loves a flat, toned abdomen but often times it is tough to achieve this through diet and exercise. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can help restore your midsection to its pre-pregnancy appearance or be the “finishing touch” after weight loss. Sometimes it’s an issue with stretched out abs, other times its just extra skin, but often it’s both stretched out abs and loose skin.
Unlike liposuction surgery, which just removes fat, this operation involves removal of skin and fat, with tightening of the abdominal muscles. For this reason, it is more extensive than liposuction surgery. The actual extent of surgery will depend on the amount of excess skin and the laxity of the abdominal muscles.
An ideal candidate is someone in good health and at a healthy and stable weight. A poor candidate is someone who just finished a crash diet and is looking to make further changes. This person is a poor candidate because more likely than not, the individual won’t be able to maintain the weight. If you gain weight after a tummy tuck, the results aren’t so pretty. The person that has slowly lost weight or maintained their weight will do well afterwards because it is more likely the weight will be maintained afterwards. For women, it is good be certain you don’t want to have any more kids. The surgery won’t hurt your pregnancy but you also don’t want to unravel everything you just had surgery to correct.