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Patrick W. Hsu M.D., F.A.C.S.
Kendall R. Roehl M.D., F.A.C.S.
Patrick W. Hsu M.D., F.A.C.S.
Kendall R. Roehl M.D., F.A.C.S.


Memorial Plastic Surgery (Clear Lake)

Who is a candidate for tummy tuck surgery?

Last Updated: October 30, 2014 | Author: MPS Group

Generally people have a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) for cosmetic reasons. They may have excess belly fat or they may have loose skin as a result of recent weight loss or pregnancy. Often people experience diminishing elasticity in their skin due to the natural affects of aging. No amount of physical activity can help them lose this excess fat or diminish the loose skin.


Sometimes people have the procedure for reconstructive reasons. If abdominal muscles are weak they often cause health issues such as back pain. This surgical procedure is of great help for both males and females who discover that regardless of following a balanced and healthy diet or a traditional fat reduction strategy, they continue to have significant amounts of extra fat on their abdomens. The surgery results in a firmer, slimmer midsection, a diminishing of stretch marks and typically a smaller waist. Consequently, wearing clothes is much more satisfying, self-image is improved, and you are overall healthier.


Weight reduction is a good idea before the procedure


A number of prospective candidates for a tummy tuck procedure will have to put off having the surgery until they have eliminated a substantial amount of excess fat. Then they must wait for their current weight to stabilize. Board certified cosmetic surgeons in Houston advocate dropping as much weight as possible before the procedure. This makes it easier for them to gauge problem areas accurately and provide optimum results.


Tummy tucks and pregnancy

A tummy tuck procedure can be valuable for women that suffer from loose folds of skin in their abdominal region as a result of childbirth. It is optimum for women who possess weakened stomach muscles as an effect of multiple pregnancies. Women who wish to have more children should delay the surgery. Houston plastic surgeons encourage waiting until after you are through having children. A pregnancy after the original procedure could result in the tissues stretching again.


Excellent results, low risk factors


Although a tummy tuck isn’t for everybody, it is remarkably suited to individuals who have trouble with abdominal weight loss using regular exercise and calorie restriction. In addition to this, the surgery is considered to have relatively low risk factors while providing maximum satisfaction.


One of the significant reasons why people elect against the surgery is concern over scarring. The procedure generally leaves a horizontal scar. Most types of bathing suits and underwear simply hide the scar. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ web site (http://www.plasticsurgery.org), “Undergoing abdominoplasty may lead to significant and lasting weight loss for many patients-especially those who were overweight or obese before surgery.” The majorities of people who have undergone the surgery feel that the procedure is worth it and would gladly recommend it to friends and family. It is clearly a safe and effective way to achieve a new and better you.

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