Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedures have helped many individuals in finally taking care of that stubborn bit of pudge around their stomach and midsection. It is a great solution for feeling better about your overall look and can be incredibly relieving to finally see some results. However, it still is an involved procedure that should be taken seriously. So even though you may be excited to get it scheduled and done as quickly as possible, it’s important to know the facts. Continue reading to find out more about tummy tuck procedures.
Find an Appropriate Time for a Tummy Tuck
We don’t just mean finding time in your busy schedule, but that is an important part due to the recovery time needed. This is a major procedure and the last thing you want to happen is to get rid of the results you’ve been trying so hard for. It’s important to do this procedure during a time in your life when you have reasonable stability. Meaning if you’re considering having children or are still losing weight to obtain a certain goal, you should wait. This procedure mainly aims at stubborn sagging skin on the stomach and probable rects diastasis (seperation of abdominal muscles) that remains despite having stable weight and exercise present.
The Results Can Be Permanent With Proper Care
The results of this procedure can be permanent so long as you maintain healthy lifestyle choices with your diet and exercise. If your weight drastically fluctuates or you are going to need other abdominal surgeries in the future, the results of this procedure will be wasted. This also includes that you follow recovery protocol to a tee. Give yourself six weeks without any extensive physical activity and for the first two weeks, take things as slow and steady as possible.
A Tummy Tuck Is Strictly for Sagging Skin
If you struggle with overall weight loss and feel that excess fat is keeping you from the look you desire, a tummy tuck is not for you. There can be very modest liposuction sometimes present with this procedure, but it mainly targets sagging skin that is a cause of weight loss. If you’re looking to get rid of excess fat and want to appear slimmer, we advise considering a staged surgery of 360° liposuction to circumferentially decrease the fatty tissue, and then a tummy tuck.
If you’d like to discuss these factors in more detail you can reach us at Burgess Plastic Surgery in Lake Oswego, OR, by calling 503-699-6464.