Who Needs a Tummy Tuck?

Even now, when noninvasive body contouring is better than ever, abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, persists as one of the best ways to get a more youthful physique and enviable-looking midsection. At Prime Plastic Surgery, James J. Chao, MD, FACS offers this surgical procedure to remove loose skin and excess fat as well as tighten up slack or separated abdominal muscles.

Would you benefit from a tummy tuck? Read on to find out.

You’re at a healthy weight, but have a belly

Before a tummy tuck, it’s a good idea to get close to a normal weight. A tummy tuck can remove superficial fat that’s contributing to a poochy belly, but it can’t get rid of deep internal belly fat.

If you aren’t at your goal weight and still planning substantial weight loss, your tummy tuck results will alter with dramatic changes in your body size. You want to be at a relatively stable weight before undergoing surgery.

You’re done building your family

This guideline is for women who may still be thinking about having a baby. If pregnancy is a possibility in the future, hold off on a tummy tuck until you’re pretty sure your family is complete. Pregnancy will likely ruin the positive effects of your surgery.

You’re committed to a healthy lifestyle

A tummy tuck isn’t a substitute for healthy living. Of course, you don’t have to subsist on chicken breasts and carrot sticks for the rest of your life, but committing to a relatively healthy diet and regular physical activity keeps your weight stable so the positive slimming effects of surgery last a long time.

You have a flabby tummy that makes you feel self-conscious

Pregnancy, substantial weight loss, and genetics can result in loose, sagging skin and slack muscles around your middle. When the skin on your abdomen stretches out, there’s a point when it just can’t bounce back without assistance. A tummy tuck removes the extra, sagging skin and any fat that sits just beneath to give you a more youthful, taut abdomen.

You have separated abdominal muscles

Everyone has a little separation in the rectus muscle – the pretty six-pack – that’s natural. In some people, especially women who’ve had children, the muscle separation is exaggerated. You develop a pooch or protrusion that all the crunches in the world can’t correct. A tummy tuck is the only true way to bring the muscle edges back together and cinch in your belly.

Other options

If loose skin and separated muscles aren’t the issue, liposuction or noninvasive body contouring procedures may be a better option than a tummy tuck. When you decide a tummy tuck is right for you, Dr. Chao will review your options when it comes to the surgery. You may opt for a mini-tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck, or a floating tummy tuck, among other options.

Only a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Chao can tell you for sure if a tummy tuck is right for you and the best approach to surgery, so set up a consultation to find out how our office can help you.

Call the San Diego, California office, or use this website to set up your consultation and find out how Prime Plastic Surgery can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. 

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