Before we dive into your candidacy, let’s quickly outline the tummy tuck surgery, including what it is, what it addresses, and what results most patients can expect after recovering from the procedure. A tummy tuck – also known as an abdominoplasty – is a cosmetic surgical procedure that repairs abdominal muscles that may have been damaged by pregnancy or just getting older. A tummy tuck helps get rid of that stubborn “pooch” that hangs around the stomach and just won’t respond to diet and exercise. Most patients report feeling extremely satisfied with their tummy tuck results, as their stomachs are more contoured, trim, and ready to be shown off!
So who makes for a good candidate for a tummy tuck? Take a look:
- An abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure, so you’ll need to be in good health. That means normal blood pressure and no medications that thin your blood. You should also be a non-smoker; if you currently smoke, you’ll need to have quit for at least three weeks before undergoing the surgery.
- You should have a stomach pooch that won’t respond to a healthy lifestyle. Most patients usually have this pooch as a result of pregnancy or aging.
- You should have reasonable expectations for the surgery; you should also commit to following your plastic surgeon’s recommendations for a successful recovery.
You may also need liposuction to help highlight the results of your abdominoplasty procedure. Your plastic surgeon will make this recommendation after your initial consultation.
To learn if you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck, schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rudy Coscia at his new plastic surgery practice in Granite Bay, CA. Dr. Coscia’s practice also serves the greater Roseville and Sacramento metro areas. Granite Bay (916) 773-5559 and Sacramento (916) 929-1833