Could You Benefit From A Tummy Tuck?

  Posted on October 2, 2013   Last updated on October 30, 2014 |   

If you are a Houstonian, and you think that you would benefit from having a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) performed, one of the first things you should do is determine if you are a good candidate for the surgery. Most people who need a tummy tuck have experienced either weight gain and loss, or pregnancy and childbirth. Depending on the laxity of your skin, when it is stretched it may not revert to its original shape. When this occurs, weight gain and pregnancy can cause the skin to stretch, and when the weight is lost, or after childbirth, you are left with a drooping, sagging tummy, or as in the case of some pregnancies, a “pooch”.  This sagging skin, unfortunately, does not respond to exercise. You can do sit ups that would normally give you a flat tummy and six-pack abs to no avail.

Tummy tuck surgery is not designed as a significant weight loss procedure. When the excess skin (and some fat) is removed during the surgery, you will have lost a few pounds. However, if you are significantly overweight then you need to lose that excess weight, and keep it off for at least six months prior to the surgery. Then after the surgery, you need to make sure that you follow a healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious low calorie diet, and an exercise regimen. This will ensure that you do not regain the weight and thus negate the effects of the tummy tuck procedure.


Tummy Tuck Procedure

Tummy tuck surgery involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, tightening the skin and giving you a flat, smooth stomach. If necessary, at the same time, the surgeon can repair abdominal muscles that may have been weakened. The surgeon begins by making an incision below your panty line that will extend from hip to hip. The skin is lifted, and the excess skin and fat is removed, and the skin is pulled tight and sutured. This is considered major surgery, and as with any surgery there are risks. Since this surgery is one of the more popular cosmetic procedures, it has been performed hundreds of thousands of times a year for a long time. Research and advancements in technology have made the procedure extremely safe, and exceedingly effective.

A tummy tuck surgeon will advise you not to have the procedure if you are planning to have more children. As mentioned above, pregnancy is one of the causes of skin stretching in your abdomen. Becoming pregnant after a tummy tuck may indeed have a negative impact on the results.

Another important aspect to consider when you are thinking about tummy tuck surgery in Houston is the surgeon. Whomever you select should be board certified and have experience with the procedure. This will ensure a safe and rewarding outcome. At your initial consultation, the surgeon will help in determining whether or not you might benefit from a tummy tuck.

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