Abdominoplasty (aka: a Tummy Tuck) is a good option for those who are physically healthy and holding a stable weight, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations. Speaking of expectations, here are a few things to know about tummy tucks:
- It should not be part of a weight loss program: This procedure should not be used as a weight loss strategy. However, if after you’ve reached your goal weight you have some excess skin, a tummy tuck may be appropriate.
- Maintaining your weight is key: For best results you should be at a weight that is healthy for you to maintain. If you plan on starting a weight loss program, or getting pregnant after the tummy tuck procedure, it’s probably best to wait.
- Smokers, be aware of risks: If you are a heavy smoker, tummy tucks may not be appropriate for you. You will most likely be asked to stop smoking before your surgery so if you can’t go for long periods of time without a cigarette, you may have difficulties.
- Arrange for help during recovery: Depending on how complex your tummy tuck is, you may need someone to drive you home and/or help you out with your daily routine for a few days.
Tummy tucks can help those who notice excess fat and skin around their mid-section after a pregnancy, significant fluctuations in weight, other surgeries, or as a result of natural aging. Being aware of the risks and expected outcomes can help make it a successful procedure.