The tummy tuck procedure is commonly sought by men and women whose attempts to tighten the abdominal muscles with exercise and healthy eating has not paid off. We understand that minimal results are not indicative of the lack of effort. The midsection is a tough area to target. Loosened muscle tissue isn’t always responsive. In fact, if the muscles have separated during pregnancy, there really is no way to reconnect them without surgery. While there are several advantages to this surgery, there are also questions regarding timing. We will discuss those here.
The Question of Weight
Abdominoplasty is a tightening procedure. If lingering fat is also a concern, we can discuss liposuction as an adjunct procedure. However, there are limitations even to this combination of body sculpting methods. The optimal timing for a tummy tuck is after a healthy weight has been achieved and stabilized. Losing weight after this procedure may mean that you accrue loose skin. Obtaining tighter abdominals when there is still a noticeable amount of visceral fat, as well, could impede the results of the procedure (not to mention increase health risks).
The Question of Pregnancies
This question could somewhat be answered in a similar manner to the question of weight. Because significant weight is gained during pregnancy, and most of it is localized across the abdomen, most surgeons will recommend that women postpone her tummy tuck until there are no plans for future pregnancies. It is not only the added weight that poses a risk for pregnant women but the stress that is placed on the muscles of the abdominal wall. This stress could lead to separation, which can only be corrected with surgery.
And What about Activities?
Abdominoplasty is one of the most physically extensive cosmetic surgeries performed. Because it involves a large area of muscle tissue, it is critical that patients schedule time off to recuperate fully after body sculpting. Most normal activities can be resumed about 6 weeks after surgery. What’s normal? Lifting anything over 5 lbs is too much. Mothers will need to have help caring for children and possibly pets. Strenuous activities for work or exercise, as well, will need to be postponed.
The best way to get the full details of abdominoplasty is to schedule a consultation with your trusted plastic surgeon. Call Kovanda Plastic Surgery in Edina at 612-335-9032.