A tummy tuck is not a shortcut to achieve a flat, toned stomach. It takes exercise and a healthy diet to even get to the point where a tummy tuck can be effective. But no matter how many sit-ups you do, and no matter how careful you are with your diet, sometimes you just can’t get your stomach as flat as you hope it would be. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery can be a solution. A tummy tuck can finish off that last little bit of unwanted skin and fat to achieve a flat, toned stomach.
Important Steps to Prepare for a Tummy Tuck
Board certified plastic surgeons agree that for the best results of abdominoplasty, you should be at a normal weight, with weak abdominal muscles and/or excess skin and fat that have been unresponsive to diet or exercise. A tummy tuck is not designed to be a quick fix for people who may be overweight, but rather the last step of a healthy diet and exercise plan to achieve a flat, toned stomach.
The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery lists some other conditions that are important for abdominoplasty:
- Aging, heredity, pregnancy, prior surgery or weight fluctuations have left you with extra skin on your abdomen, abdominal muscle weakness, or both.
- You do not smoke. Smoking slows down the healing process and increases the risk of serious complications during and after surgery. If you smoke, you must quit at least six weeks before surgery.
- Your weight is stable. Slender individuals with extra fat and loose skin in the lower tummy are the best candidates; if you are generally obese, this procedure is not appropriate for you.
- If you have a significant amount of intra-abdominal fat surrounding your internal organs, you may need to slim down before considering a tummy tuck.
- You are physically healthy. You must be in relatively good physical shape to tolerate this procedure.
- You are finished having children. The muscles that are repaired during an abdominoplasty can separate again during future pregnancy.
- Internal and external scars from any previous abdominal surgery may also affect your candidacy.
Consult your Surgeon for Customized Tummy Tuck Preparation
The best way to prepare for your tummy tuck procedure is to consult your board certified plastic surgeon. If you are in the Baltimore metro area and are ready to take the next step with abdominoplasty, contact us today.
Contact: The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland (410) 616-3000