A tummy tuck, known in the medical community as abdominoplasty, is a procedure that involves the removal of excess fat and skin and tightening of the abdominal muscles and remaining skin. Abdominoplasty is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the country because it is incredibly safe and can effectively address numerous cosmetic and health concerns. Today, the experts at Salas Plastic Surgery in Miami, FL reveal who exactly is a candidate for this life-changing procedure.
13 Signs You Are a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck
1. You Have Loose Skin Around Your Abdomen
To be a good candidate for a tummy tuck, it is fairly important that you have loose or excess skin around your abdomen. If your goal is simply to remove excess fat from your abdomen, you may be a better candidate for liposuction.
Moreover, to perform this procedure, your plastic surgeon will create an incision. If your skin is too tight, your stomach may be left with a “stretched” appearance. If you only have excess skin below your navel, you may only be a good candidate for a mini tuck rather than a full tuck or extended tuck.
2. You Are Fairly Healthy
Abdominoplasty is an incredibly low-risk procedure. However, only people who are fairly healthy are a good candidate for this procedure. For example, your heart and lungs need to be healthy as you will be sedated with general anesthesia.
Moreover, it is important to be free from connective tissue disorders and autoimmune disorders to ensure your recovery is short, safe and comfortable. Finally, it is very important that you do not suffer from the predisposition to develop keloid scars. If you’re not sure you’re healthy enough to be a good candidate for a tummy tuck, don’t worry. Your medical history will be reviewed thoroughly during your initial consultation. At that time, we will also assess your current health.
3. You Have Realistic Expectations About the Results
Abdominoplasty is an excellent way to treat certain medical conditions and improve your self-confidence. However, it is not intended to be a weight loss procedure. Abdominoplasty is designed to remove small pockets of excess abdominal fat.
Moreover, the results of this procedure are considered permanent. Once the fat cells are removed, new ones cannot grow to replace the fat cells that were removed. However, to maintain the results of the procedure, it is important that you stay within 10 to 30 pound of your current weight. Subsequent weight gain can cause the skin to stretch out again. Any weight loss after that can result in more sagging or excess skin.
4. You Are Committed to a Healthy Lifestyle
As mentioned previously, the best way to keep the results of abdominoplasty for life is to not gain or lose too much weight. However, as important as it is to eat around maintenance, it is just as important to take care of your skin. Do not consume any form of tobacco or tobacco byproduct. Do not drink alcohol to excess.
Consume enough water daily that your urine is translucent or at least very pale. Finally, get enough skin-supporting vitamins and minerals in your diet, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K and biotin.
5. You Have Had a Baby or Been Obese
Remember, to be a good candidate for a tummy tuck, you need loose skin. Two of the most common causes of loose skin are pregnancy and obesity. Moreover, both of these life events can result in your stomach muscles being “permanently” damaged. This is often apparent when your lower abdomen resembles a kangaroo pouch. No amount of diet or exercise can reverse this. Your only option is to have your abdominal muscles sewn back together by a plastic surgeon.
Moreover, if you have excess skin in addition to loose skin, you can look a lot heavier than your actual weight. If you’ve toiled for months or years to reach a healthy weight, this can be incredibly disheartening and take a major toll on your self-confidence. You are an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck if you have had a baby or been obese.
6. You Are Done Being Pregnant
The best candidate for abdominoplasty has no plans of being pregnant in the future. There are no medical risks to you or your fetus if you become pregnant, however, every pregnancy comes with the risk of significant weight gain, loose or excess skin and tearing of the abdominal walls.
Any one of these events will reverse the effects of the procedure. If you become pregnant in the future, you may need a follow-up procedure to get your prenatal body back.
7. You Are Not Planning to Lose More Weight
Remember, the best candidate for abdominoplasty is within 30 pounds of his or her goal weight. If you lose any more weight than that after the procedure, you run the risk of more loose skin and undoing the results of the procedure. We recommend that you wait to consider abdominoplasty until you are at or very near your goal weight.
8. You Suffer From Stress Urinary Incontinence
Abdominoplasty goes far beyond improving your aesthetic and self-confidence. It can also cure several medical conditions. For example, it is often recommended to cure stress urinary incontinence (SUI). SUI is one of the most common side effects or pregnancy. This condition is characterized by uncontrollable leakage caused by “stress” to the bladder, such as laughing, running, jumping, sneezing or coughing.
If you gave vaginal birth and suffer from SUI, you may greatly benefit from abdominoplasty to cure stress urinary incontinence. Even if oral medication is fairly effective, you have to remember to take the right doses at the right times without fail. Moreover, medications for incontinence relief often come with several nasty side effects. If you have a bladder control disorder and you have loose skin and excess fat, you may be the perfect candidate for abdominoplasty.
9. You Suffer From Back Pain
Extreme weight loss and multiple pregnancies, among other risk factors, can lead to your abdominal muscles becoming distended. When this happens, you may experience lordosis, also known as swayback.
After your abdominal muscles are sewn back together, you may find that your posture improves significantly. Better posture can drastically improve your abdominal tone, even if your abdominal muscles aren’t very toned right now, and alleviate several types of back pain.
10. You Have a Ventral Hernia
A ventral hernia occurs when abdominal tissue or an intestine penetrates the abdominal wall and forms a sack or pocket. Risk factors of developing a ventral hernia include having had a C-section, an appendectomy, massive weight loss or a previous ventral hernia. The bottom line is if you have weak abdominal muscles and are at risk of developing, or currently have, a ventral hernia, you may be an excellent candidate for abdominoplasty.
11. You Need a Little Help Maintaining Your Weight
Sometimes, clients are committed to a healthy lifestyle but need a little extra help. If you have a significant amount of excess skin, exercise can be incredibly difficult and uncomfortable, if not impossible. Removing excess skin can give you the self-confidence you need to swim.
This procedure can also make other forms of physical activity, such as running and cycling, a lot easier. Sometimes, compression shorts and compression shirts are not enough to keep your excess abdominal skin and fat from bouncing around uncomfortably.
12. Your Diabetes Is Under Control
Unfortunately, abdominoplasty is not for everyone. For example, it is not usually recommended for people who suffer from diabetes. However, you may still be a good candidate for abdominoplasty if you do not suffer from uncontrolled diabetes which is causing complications and you do not have a history of kidney conditions.
13. You Have Realistic Expectations About Recovery
Abdominoplasty is a safe, straightforward, effective procedure. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, there will be a recovery period afterward. It is essential that you understand what to expect during recovery to determine if it is a good fit for you. You may need to take a prescription analgesic for the first three days post-op. Moreover, you will need to sleep on an incline during the same timeframe with your knees bent at an angle.
To make your recovery as quick and comfortable as possible, take vitamin A and vitamin C supplements as well as a probiotic supplement. If your analgesics are causing you constipation, take a fiber supplement. Green tea is an excellent addition to your diet to increase antioxidant and immunity levels. Arnica is phenomenal for minimizing swelling, bruising and pain. To heal your incision, take a staphisagria supplement. Ginger tea or a phosphorous supplement can be consumed to relieve nausea from analgesics. Finally, papaya and pineapple can minimize inflammation and swelling.
What If Abdominoplasty Isn’t Right for Me?
If you’re fed up with pockets of stubborn fat but you’re not convinced abdominoplasty is right for you, liposuction is an alternative. This body sculpting treatment can help you sculpt several trouble areas, including the:
- Upper arms
One of the advantages of liposuction is it can be used to treat several areas during one procedure. Moreover, the fat from this procedure can be grafted (cleaned and transferred) to another part of your body. For example, you can remove fat from your midsection and have it implanted into your buttocks or breasts.
What Can I Expect During Liposuction?
Regardless of how many areas you are targeting during liposuction, the treatment sites are cleansed in a sterile environment. Then, a local anesthetic is applied and tiny incisions are made strategically so as to be incredibly discrete. Once the incisions are made, a fine cannula is inserted to loosen and remove fat, contouring your ideal aesthetic.
What Can I Expect After Liposuction?
After liposuction, you will need to spend several days resting and avoid strenuous exercise for six weeks. Results from the procedure can be enjoyed as soon as swelling has subsided. If you remain adequately hydrated and take arnica supplements to keep the swelling down, this shouldn’t take long. Generally, we recommend asking for two to four days off of work to give yourself plenty of time to recover from the procedure.
Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
The best candidate for liposuction is within 30 pounds of his or her goal weight, generally healthy and wants to improve his or her aesthetic by removing fat from regions of the body with at least an inch of pinchable fat. To determine if liposuction or a combination of liposuction and abdominoplasty is right for you, we strongly encourage you to schedule an initial consultation with the aesthetic experts at Salas Plastic Surgery in Miami, FL.
Learn More About Abdominoplasty Today
Abdominoplasty can improve your appearance, self-confidence and quality of life. To determine definitively if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck, contact the knowledgeable aesthetic experts at Salas Plastic Surgery in Miami, FL today to schedule your consultation. We can’t wait to meet you and answer any and all questions you have about this revolutionary procedure.