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Tummy Tuck – Are You a Good Candidate?

Tummy Tuck surgery is a common procedure for those who are unhappy with their abdominal area and are self-conscious about excess tissue and loose sagging skin around their midsection. Sometimes, no matter what diet and exercise you try, you simply cannot eliminate the overhang or “muffin top” caused by the excess skin in that area.

Thus, having a Tummy Tuck may be the best way for you to achieve a flatter and smoother stomach.

Ideal candidates for a Tummy Tuck:

  • Those who have lost a substantial amount of weight and have excess hanging skin
  • Women post pregnancy who are not planning on any more children
  • Have a BMI under 28
  • You are physically, medically and mentally healthy
  • Have no medical issues
  • You have maintained your current weight/lifestyle for minimum six months

Candidates NOT suitable for a Tummy Tuck

  • If your BMI is over 28
  • If you are overweight
  • You have bad health — regular or heavy smoker/drinker
  • If you have a large amount of fat still to lose from your abdomen area
  • Women who are planning on having more children
  • If you cannot introduce a healthy lifestyle before and after surgery

Realistic expectations about your Tummy Tuck

Most people would love to have sculpted six pack abs! However, those who do have an abdomen that looks like a cheese grater, have worked hard for it through diet and exercise — not surgery.

It is important to understand that your lifestyle and eating habits reflect your body weight (as well as pregnancy).

A tummy tuck administered by Tummy Tuck plastic surgery Perth, Dr Quinn can repair and tighten your abdominal muscles and improve the appearance of your stomach. However, this major surgery will not be deemed worth it if you go back to old habits like an unhealthy lifestyle or if you plan to still lose more weight post surgery — both these factors can alter your results.

If you are required to lose weight before your Tummy Tuck:

One of the main reasons some individuals are not accepted for Tummy Tuck surgery is because they are overweight. It is important to understand abdominoplasty procedure is not same as weight loss. If you are overweight or have a large amount of weight that surrounds your internal organs, you may need to lose weight before you are accepted for a tummy tuck.

Do not be discouraged if you are not accepted for surgery just yet due to your weight. Use this as motivation to get yourself healthy via diet and exercise. Once you shed the excess fat from your stomach area that will leave behind the maximum amount of skin to be removed and will result in superior surgery results.

Here are some simple tips for weight loss before surgery:

  • Set your goal weight and a weight loss timeline
  • Create a healthy eating plan
  • Create an exercise routine — even just a 30-40 minute brisk walk every morning is a great start
  • Record your progress each week with a partner or friend

Pregnancy & Tummy Tucks

Before undergoing Tummy Tuck surgery, you need to ask yourself – Do you want to have more children in the future?

This is an extremely important decision as it may compromise the results of your Tummy Tuck and will likely result in requiring revision surgery. You should withhold surgery until you have commenced having children. Another important aspect to consider is your recovery period — if you have young children, you will need someone to look after them plus assist you around the house. It will not be possible to take care of your family by yourself without compromising your health and your surgery results.

This is your body

Many Tummy Tuck patients have improved self-esteem and confidence post-surgery; however, this is after months if not years of consideration, research and hard work in preparation. If this feels like something that may improve your confidence and overall quality of life, do your research and get a head start by introducing a healthy lifestyle now!