What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck procedure, also known as an abdominoplasty, aims to remove unwanted fat and skin on the lower abdomen/tummy and tightens muscles in the area providing a smoother profile. This allows you to have a flatter, firmer and more defined stomach, something which is often completely unachievable with dieting and exercise alone.
It is important to understand this procedure should not be seen as an alternative to weight loss but should be used in conjunction with it. During this surgical procedure connective tissue and muscles are tightened securely, and damaged or weakened abdominal muscles are repaired. Then the remaining skin is repositioned to create the slimmer profile you’re aiming for.
This common surgical treatment is sometimes undertaken with a liposuction treatment. This meant that not only is the excess fat and skin removed and muscle walls tightened but the remaining skin is firmed and fuller looking.
Who should consider a tummy tuck?
An ideal candidate for this procedure understands that this is not a substitute for weight loss but something to work alongside it to achieve the figure you always dreamed of. More than this, the procedure is too premature for a specific candidate if they are still on a weight loss journey, it is more suited to anyone with a stable weight, who cannot shift that stubborn area of fat on their lower abdomen.
A good candidate for an abdominoplasty is someone who:
- Is in good health
- Used to be overweight and still has loose skin or fat on their stomach
- Is unhappy with the way their stomach looks
- Has excess skin for reasons other than weight loss that they would like to remove
- Have damaged to lose abdominal muscles from pregnancy or something else that they wish to be tightened
Before consulting for a tummy tuck procedure it is important you are:
- Emotionally and physically able to consent to surgery, ensuring it is the right option for you
- Not a smoker, or be willing to quit smoking at least 6 weeks before the procedure
- Willing to engage with and maintain regular exercise and a balanced diet after surgery
- Someone with realistic expectations of the procedure
- Not pregnant or trying to get pregnant, the best results for you would be post-pregnancy as the abdominal muscles will no longer be tight after having a child.