Tummy Tuck FAQs
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many people strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve their desired goals. Fortunately, there is tummy tuck surgery that can provide individuals with the body that they always desired. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about a tummy tuck.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
What Issues Can a Tummy Tuck Address
- Excess fat tissue prominent in the upper and lower abdomen
- Separation of the anterior abdominal muscles, which exercise cannot correct
- Wrinkly or loose skin with stretch marks usually caused by aging, significant weight loss and pregnancy.
Why Get a Tummy Tuck?
Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging.
The most common causes of this include:
- Prior surgery
- Significant fluctuations in weight
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen
Who is an Ideal Candidate?
In general, you may be a good tummy tuck candidate if:
- You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
- You have realistic expectations
- You are a non-smoker
- You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen
The best candidates for tummy tucks are people who are within 10 – 15 pounds of their ideal body weight or have attained their ideal body weight but still have the abdominal skin problems which do not respond to further exercise or weight loss or exercise.
What Should I Expect During the Consultation?
During your tummy tuck consultation, you should be prepared to discuss the following:
- Your overall surgical goals
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
- Previous surgeries
The overall success and safety of your tummy tuck procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.
What Can’t Tummy Tuck Surgery Do
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.
Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the results can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in a person’s weight. Because of this, individuals who are planning a significant weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies would be advised to postpone a tummy tuck procedure.
A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks. These may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be removed.
Will Fat Come Back After a Tummy Tuck
Fat will not come back unless you gain weight in which case all body areas of your body will share in the weight gain. However, after getting a Tummy Tuck, the treated area will have a decreased capacity for additional fat because many of the fat cells will be removed. As time passes, you should expect your skin and muscles to stretch naturally. Nevertheless, you will enjoy a better body contour for many years following surgery.
Will My Stretch Marks Go Away if I Get a Tummy Tuck?
Stretch marks located on the lower abdomen may be removed along with the extra skin during your tummy tuck. Stretch marks located on the upper abdomen will be shifted downward as the skin is brought downward. The stretch marks that remain will be somewhat smoothed and tightened.
What Results Can I expect From a Tummy Tuck?
The final results of tummy tuck surgery may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete.Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident with your new slimmer profile.
Your tummy tuck will result in a smoother, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body shape and weight.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
Dr. Vishal Kapoor and Dr. Robert Schlenker are Beverly Hills Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons that specialize in body contouring surgeries, a requirement for creating your desired figure. With their detail-oriented techniques they achieve the best possible results and completely minimize potential complications such as scarring and trauma. To have a safe and successful outcome with the incredible results you’ve been looking for make a consultation today to learn more about the procedure itself and the results you should expect.