Clinically known as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck plastic surgery is a process where a plastic surgeon removes loose skin, tightens the abdominal muscles, and eliminates stubborn deposits of fat from a patient.
It can be thoroughly customized to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual patient, rather than being a one size fits all surgery. As such, there are several variations of tummy tuck surgery, each designed to target certain areas of the body or specific issues, with some focusing on the abdomen and others excising fat from elsewhere.
Know Your Options
Talking to an experienced plastic surgeon who can completely explain these options to you depending on what you want and need can help patients decide on a treatment plan to give them natural looking results and improve their sense of confidence in themselves.
The question many patients have is should they have a tummy tuck. To be a good candidate for a tummy tuck, you should ideally be an adult who is not far from their ideal or preferred body weight, who is dealing with an abdominal area that is not responding to adequate diet and exercise routines. If you do not fit these criteria, you may not qualify for the surgery.
The most commonly accepted clients are women who have recently given birth and are struggling to get back to their pre-natal weight and appearance. Brent Moelleken, MD, a plastic surgeon based in Beverly Hills, California, says, “In many women who have children, the bulge in the lower abdomen is not caused by fat, but rather by loose fascia that has ripped in childbirth and, consequently, sticks out.” As such, this bulge cannot be changed by exercise, since its stretched skin, not fat, that is the problem.
People Who Should Not Get a Tummy Tuck
If you smoke, plan to become pregnant or plan to lose a significant amount of weight soon, you should avoid a tummy tuck. If you feel pressured into undergoing the procedure by someone else, you should absolutely follow the advice of medical professionals before going under the knife.
Rod Rohrich, M.D., chair of the department of plastic surgery at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center in Dallas, said: “I tell my patients it’s the 50 percent rule: We do 50 percent of the work, and the other half comes from patients keeping their weight down through diet and exercise.” Similarly, Robert Grant, M.D., plastic surgeon-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, stresses: “I’m up front with all my patients: I tell them this surgery won’t give them back the stomach they had at age 18.”
Are You Thinking of Getting a Tummy Tuck?
Do you have excess abdominal skin? Are you considering getting a tummy tuck to combat this? Abdominoplasty is a popular choice amongst women following childbirth, a prior surgery, or as a result of significant fluctuations in weight.
If this sounds like a procedure you would be interested in, you should consult a plastic surgeon to determine if you’re a good candidate, and you can get any questions you have about the procedure answered. If you are a resident of Barrie, you’re in luck: with over 20 years experience in the field, Dr. Kenneth Dickie has helped women with abdominoplasty and other cosmetic enhancements. Contact us today at the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery to schedule an in-depth consultation with Dr. Dickie, and become happy with your midriff this year!