If you’re carrying extra weight around your midsection, you might have heard of a miracle surgery called a ‘tummy tuck’. Before you rush to your local plastic surgery centre determined to undergo the procedure, it’s wise to perform a self-evaluation to see whether it’s really time for a tummy tuck…or whether the late-night consumption of Ho-Hos has got to stop.
According to Toronto plastic surgeon Martin Jugenburg, MD, the ideal abdominoplasty patient is in good health but has a significant amount of excess loose skin and/or a noticeable pouch in the belly area. Yet he points out that if your belly feels stiff and tight like a drum (or like you’re still pregnant), that usually means that most of the fat is in the abdominal cavity and not under the skin – which means that weight loss, not a tummy tuck, is what you should be aiming for.
So how can you know whether abdominoplasty is right for you? Consider these questions:
- Do I have excess skin and fat around my midsection?
- Are my abdominal muscles lax, perhaps stretched by pregnancy?
- Have I lost all the weight I can possibly lose before considering plastic surgery?
- Do I have a more excess fat as opposed to skin, that could be removed by liposuction instead?
- Am I all right with the fact that I might have a hip-to-hip scar after surgery?
- Do I have other concerns that I also want addressed, such as a breast augmentation or breast lift, or liposuction of the hips and buttocks, such that I would be better served by a full mommy makeover?
- Have I educated myself on all the possible alternatives, like an endoscopic tummy tuck, a circumferential tummy tuck and a ‘mini tummy tuck’ before deciding what type of surgery might be best for me?
- Am I okay with having to take painkillers and can I withstand intense pain after the procedure, as well as the potential hospitalization and downtime it entails?
- Am I all right with my belly button being repositioned?
- Do I realize that a tummy tuck is not going to remove cellulite?
There is so much to be aware of before deciding whether or not it’s time for a tummy tuck. While abdominoplasty can produce jaw-dropping results and restore you to an even better body than you had pre-pregnancy, many cosmetic surgery patients who aren’t ideal candidates for the surgery have unrealistic expectations. It’s important to know, for example, that aggressive liposuction usually can’t be done in conjunction with a tummy tuck because removing too much at once can interfere with healing.
Are You Interested in a Tummy Tuck?
Knowledge is always power! For more information about tummy tuck plastic surgery, its risks and costs, and all your options, we advise that you come in for a personal consultation so we can discuss your body type, goals and preferences. Contact us today to schedule an in-depth consultation with Dr. Dickie.