In an ideal world, diet and exercise would solve all your problems. Faced with slack skin and muscles in your abdomen, you would simply schedule extra sessions at the gym and walk out with a flat and toned stomach. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work.
Like elastic that has lost its stretch, at some point the skin and muscles in your abdomen go slack and no amount of exercise will help. If you’ve reached this stage, it’s time to find out if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck. The technique, officially called an abdominoplasty, is ideal for sculpting the stomach.
If you are considering a tummy tuck, Dr. Christopher J. Kovanda, serving the Minneapolis area, is skilled at advising tummy tuck candidates. A board-certified plastic surgeon, he will carefully describe the technique and explain how a tummy tuck tones the abdomen. If you are not a good candidate for a tummy tuck, he can explain which plastic surgery treatments would be better suited for you.
Tummy Tuck Candidates
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that flattens your stomach by removing excess fat and skin. In addition, the muscles in the abdominal wall are tightened. Because abdominoplasty is major surgery, a tummy tuck should be the last resort for people who have exhausted all other methods, such as diet and exercise.
A tummy tuck should not be confused with liposuction, a different procedure to remove fat deposits. You can have liposuction to remove fat deposits during a tummy tuck, but the procedures are not the same. Liposuction cannot tighten muscles or tighten inelastic skin.
Good candidates for a tummy tuck:
- Are in good health. A tummy tuck is major surgery and you should be in good physical shape.
- Are near ideal weight. In general, the procedure is for people who are already near their goal weight as a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure.
- Have skin and muscles in the abdominal area that are stretched out. This can be caused by multiple pregnancies or significant weight loss. Aging, which decreases skin elasticity, also causes poor tone.
In addition, internal or external scars from previous surgeries may affect your candidacy.
Who Shouldn’t Get a Tummy Tuck
Who should not get a tummy tuck:
- Women planning to have more children. A pregnancy after a tummy tuck can undo the tightening achieved by the surgery.
- People who are not near their ideal weight.
- Smokers. Tobacco and nicotine products increase the chances of complications.
- People who have a severe chronic condition. This can include heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or diabetes.
There are numerous tummy tuck variations that let surgeons customize treatments for the spectrum of problems people face. Procedures range from the mini tummy tuck, for minor sagging below the belly button, to an extended tummy tuck, which restores tone to abdominal, hip, flank and back muscles.
But the range of techniques can also be confusing. If you are wondering how these treatments apply to you and your problems, a personal consultation is the best way to get answers to your questions.
Please call us for an appointment.