4 Signs You're a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck

4 Signs You're a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck

Many people are frustrated by a poochy midsection, despite their diligent diet and exercise efforts. Excess skin and fat stubbornly sticks to the abdominal area, which can be particularly frustrating. 

Fortunately, a tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, can be a transformative procedure that helps you achieve the flat, sculpted stomach you've been working so hard for. Almost 98,000 people underwent this surgical procedure in 2020. 

If you think a tummy tuck is the answer to your pooch, it’s important to fully understand what’s involved and whether or not you’re a good candidate. At Plastic Surgery Arts Center, we prioritize the safety and satisfaction of our patients.

Here’s what Dr. Jan Garcia and our skilled team in Webster, Texas want you to know about tummy tucks and how to determine if the procedure is right for you.

What happens during a tummy tuck

A tummy tuck can help you achieve a flatter and firmer stomach. It's typically done for those who have excess skin and stubborn fat in their abdominal area, often caused by factors like significant weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. 

During the procedure, your surgeon removes the extra skin and fat, tightens the underlying muscles, and reshapes the midsection to create a more contoured appearance. 

The recovery period following a tummy tuck takes several weeks to a few months. Though you can resume light activities after about two to three weeks, you’ll need to lay off vigorous activities for six to eight weeks as you recover. 

When to consider having a tummy tuck

The following four signs indicate that you may be an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck.

1. Stubborn fat and excess skin in the abdominal area

One of the primary indications for a tummy tuck is the presence of stubborn fat and excess skin in the abdominal region. This often occurs after significant weight loss, pregnancy, or simply due to aging. 

If you've tried various diets and exercises to tighten your midsection without satisfactory results, a tummy tuck might be the ideal solution to eliminate the loose skin and unwanted fat. 

2. Post-pregnancy concerns

Many women experience changes in their bodies after pregnancy, including stretched or separated abdominal muscles and sagging skin. If this describes you, you may have dedicated yourself to regaining your prepregnancy figure, only to have a poochy belly persist. 

A tummy tuck can address these concerns by repairing and tightening the abdominal muscles and removing the loose skin, providing new moms with a rejuvenated appearance and improved body confidence.

3. Stable weight and healthy lifestyle

To be an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck, you need to be at a stable weight and live a healthy lifestyle. While a tummy tuck can help contour your midsection, it’s not a substitute for weight loss or an alternative to regular exercise. A tummy tuck is not a substitute for diet and exercise. Keeping up healthy habits means you are more likely to experience lasting results from the tummy tuck procedure.

4. No plans for future pregnancies

If you’re considering a tummy tuck, you should be certain that you’re done growing your family. While the procedure does not prevent pregnancy or childbirth, it is generally recommended that women wait until they are done having children before undergoing a tummy tuck. Pregnancy after a tummy tuck can reverse the results of the procedure.

Deciding to undergo a tummy tuck is a significant decision that requires careful consideration and professional guidance. Schedule your consultation with our office to have an assessment of your medical history, overall health, and aesthetic goals. We can determine if a tummy tuck aligns with your needs.

Call our office or use the “book online” button on this website to request an appointment. We are committed to helping you achieve your desired body contours through safe and effective procedures.

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