How In Shape Do I Need To Be For A Tummy Tuck?

Posted by Dr. Patrick Proffer on June 11, 2019

woman-measuring-waist-tummy-tuckIf you have ever given birth or lost a considerable amount of weight, you might have developed sagging skin and other tissue around your abdomen.

Many people consider a tummy tuck surgery, officially termed “abdominoplasty,” in order to remove some of this draping skin and overly stretched abdominal muscles to restore their shapely figure.

However, potential candidates should know a few things before undergoing this type of procedure, especially in regards to their current weight and state of health. Here are answers to some of the more common questions.

What Is Tummy Tuck Surgery?

In a nutshell, a tummy tuck is surgery that tightens up the muscles of the abdomen and shapes the midriff area. Excess tissue is removed to reduce a protruding abdomen and leave the midsection looking more toned. There are varying degrees of abdominoplasty surgery, from the less-invasive slim down of a belly “pooch” to a full tuck that shapes the upper and lower abdomen. In most cases, the scar will be minimal and mostly hidden by undergarments or a bathing suit bottom.

What Are The Benefits Of Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Renewed self-confidence is perhaps the most important benefit from this type of plastic surgery. Patients enjoy an attractive, slimmer appearance and a noticeable improvement in how their clothing fits. Plus, a more toned midsection can result in improved posture after the excessive tissues have been removed. The surgery can usually be conducted on an outpatient basis, and most patients can return to their normal lives within a few weeks after undergoing the procedures.

Do I Need To Be In Shape For A Tummy Tuck?

If you’re considering abdominoplasty, you need to have realistic expectations about the results. A tummy tuck is intended to remove excess skin and some fat after you’ve lost weight or given birth, but it will not magically make pounds disappear. Talk to your surgeon about your ideal weight and how it factors into different types of procedures, as you may be a candidate for liposuction to remove excess fat.

Does It Matter Where My Excess Weight Is Carried?

If your excess weight is carried in the abdominal area, remember that during your tummy tuck the removal of excess tissue and skin via excision will  be coupled with a minor amount of liposuction to the abdomen as well. This suction can be tailored to your desires. It can include your back, flanks, or other areas so long as it is located around the abdomen and trunk.

Would you like to hear more about the benefits of tummy tuck surgery and how it can help boost self-confidence? Please contact Proffer Surgical Associates in Amarillo to speak with one of our specialists. We can answer your questions and schedule a consultation to determine whether you’re a candidate for this procedure.

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Topics: Plastic Surgery