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Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck Procedure? | Contours

Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck Procedure? | Contours
Tummy Tuck Weight Loss

Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck Procedure? | Contours

A firm midsection is something many men and women strive for, but it is not always obtainable through strict diet and exercise. Tummy tucks are not a substitute for a healthy living nor a tummy tuck is a weight loss surgery, but rather is a procedure that can help with loss of muscle tone and firmness that is a result of pregnancy, age, weight loss or bariatric surgery.


Introduction to Tummy Tuck Weight Loss Treatment (Abdominoplasty)

A cosmetic procedure of any kind is a highly individualized procedure. Patients should only undergo a cosmetic procedure for themselves for their own personal reasons, and never to fulfil some type of ideal image or another individual’s expectations. Although the results of a tummy tuck are intended to be permanent, a patient can negatively affect the procedure’s outcome by demonstrating significant fluctuations in their weight. Individuals who undergo abdominoplasty are advised to maintain their weight in the future, and avoid future pregnancies.


Your Consultation Before Surgery

Prior to a Tummy Tuck procedure, it is highly recommended that the patient consults with the board certified plastic surgeon that will be performing the procedure to discuss at length various health topics and concerns.

The surgeon will also want to discuss the patient’s medical history including:

  • Past surgeries
  • Past and current medical conditions
  • Any medications and vitamins currently being taken
  • Any and all supplements being consumed
  • Any patient allergies

There are several factors that a board-certified plastic surgeon at contours will evaluate before selecting the appropriate procedure and course of action.

First, the patient’s skin excess and quality is addressed as this determines the length and pattern of skin excision (skin removal).

Second, the integrity of the abdominal muscles is assessed. It is imperative that the surgeon detects any hernia or muscle separation. The fat distribution also needs to be carefully evaluated, because in order to obtain an aesthetically pleasing abdomen, it is necessary to sculpt the fat during the operation. Prior to a tummy tuck surgery, you may be asked to get lab testing if you have a pre-existing condition that the surgeon is concerned about. You may also be asked to take certain medications, adjust your current medications, or avoid taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs, as they can increase bleeding during surgery.

Your board-certified plastic surgeon at contours will also provide you with all necessary information as it relates to preparation for the day of surgery, the use of anaesthesia and post-operative care.


Post-Pregnancy Tummy Tuck

During pregnancy, a woman’s abdominal muscles are subjected to a great deal of stretch. The abdominal muscles separate in the midline and stretch marks appear over the abdominal skin. When the pregnancy is over, the excess skin in many cases fails to shrink back to its original state and the muscles fail to regain their tone. Fat deposition also takes place during pregnancy and many times these specific areas are resilient to any type of exercise or dieting efforts. Tummy tuck procedures are also popular for patients who have had some type of bariatric (weight loss) surgery, since the rapid loss of a significant amount of weight often results in an abundance of skin surrounding the abdomen. In addition to post-pregnancy and bariatric patients, hereditary conditions, as well as ageing, can also have a similar effect on a patient’s abdominal tissues. The muscles lose their tone, the skin becomes saggy and fat deposition
takes place over the abdomen.

You may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure if:

  • You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • You do not smoke
  •  You have excess or sagging abdominal skin
  • You have an abdomen that is out of proportion in comparison to the rest of your body
  • You have abdominal muscles that have been separated or weakened
  • You have excess fatty tissue in your abdomen
  • You have realistic expectations

Setting Your Expectations for a Tummy Tuck Procedure

Women and men who have a significant amount of loose abdominal skin and fat that is concentrated in the abdomen can truly benefit from abdominoplasty, but it is extremely important that the patients have realistic expectations prior to the procedure. At Contours, we suggest that a Tummy tuck procedure is NOT a substitute for weight loss, a balanced diet, or exercise. Also, a Tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, unless the stretch marks are located on the excess skin that is to be removed (generally below the belly button). So if you need a thorough consultation then you can get in touch with Contours Clinic, Hyderabad, which is awarded for its esteemed services in Aesthetic & Cosmetic Surgeries.

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