For the past ten years tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) surgery has consistently ranked in the top five most frequently performed cosmetic surgical procedures. Its steady popularity has to do with the fact that a tummy tuck slims the abdominal contour, tightens the abdominal skin, and reduces the appearance of stretch marks.
Like all medical procedures, if you are considering tummy tuck surgery, a well-informed decision will likely yield the most satisfactory outcome, compared to a decision made without thorough research. A tummy tuck is a contouring operation, not a weight loss procedure. Patients should be reasonable fit, and the closer an individual is to their ideal body weight the better the result; a tummy tuck cannot be performed on obese individuals. The best patients are those that have excess and loose abdominal skin following weight loss or childbirth.
If you’ve been considering a tummy tuck for a while now, below are three facts that you need to know before committing to surgery:
- It is best to wait for at least six months after childbirth before having a tummy tuck.
During the six-month period after delivery, your body is still in the process of returning to its balanced state. Body fluids and hormones are still unstable, making it difficult for your plastic surgery team to gauge the exact state of your skin elasticity and abdominal muscles. In addition, you should not have tummy tuck surgery until you are done having children.
- In addition to pain, numbness after a tummy tuck procedure is common.
This has to do with severed nerve endings in the lower abdomen and surrounding the incision site. As healing progresses some of the sensation will return; the numbness will shift to a tingling sensation and later return to normal, but it will often take several months. It is not uncommon for some areas of the lower abdomen to permanently remain slightly numb.
- It’s common to have liposuction done in conjunction with a tummy tuck.
In many cases, excess pockets of fat may persist with the weak abdominal muscles and excess abdominal skin. A tummy tuck alone may not be effective in creating a flatter and firmer midsection — liposuction may be necessary to enhance the results. The flank and upper abdomen are the most common treated areas when liposuction is combined with a tummy tuck procedure.
- Always choose a board certified plastic surgeon to perform your tummy tuck or other body contouring operation.
This will help ensure the best possible result.)
If you’re interested in a tummy tuck, call us to schedule an appointment!