A trim and toned midsection is one of the most obvious hallmarks of a good diet and exercise program. Unfortunately for some of us, it can also be one of the hardest areas to whittle down. This is especially true for those with back issues who can’t work their abs extensively or those who have had children.
A tummy tuck is an excellent surgical option if you are not happy with the appearance of your stomach, but it’s important that you understand the process, risks and rewards before you make your final decision.
How Does a Tummy Tuck Work?
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is done while you are under anesthesia. The surgeon will mark your stomach ahead of time to know precisely how much skin to take away. He will make an incision to trim away the excess skin. The incision is then closed and bandaged carefully.
What If I Haven’t Lost Enough Belly Fat?
Sometimes, tightening the skin is not going to give you the flat midsection you want. This is especially true if you still have excess fat on your stomach.
To help with this, you may be able to arrange to have liposuction performed during the same surgery as your tummy tuck. This will remove the excess fat and give you a better overall result.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
To get the best results, you want to already be as thin and in-shape as possible. Not only will this make your result flat and toned, but it may also help you have a quick recovery time from the anesthesia and the surgical wound. Remember that not everyone is going to look like a model at their most healthy.
You will also want to be in general good health before a tummy tuck. If you have diabetes, your blood sugar should be well regulated. If you smoke, you will need to stop so you will heal properly. Talk to the doctor about any health conditions you have to determine if surgery will be safe for you.
A tummy tuck is an effective option for those who need help with their midsection, especially if diet and exercise haven’t been enough. If you’re interested in exploring your options, contact the office of Dr. Stephen H. Warnock, MD today to schedule a consultation.