An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, can help women to restore their pre-baby waistline. For that reason, the tummy tuck is considered an essential part of most mommy makeovers. Getting a tummy tuck can also be the final step in a weight loss journey. Of course, not everyone is a great candidate for this procedure, but understanding the signs of needing a tummy tuck will help you to determine your candidacy.
1. You’re Done Having Children
It’s ideal to wait until you are done having children before having a tummy tuck. While there is no danger in getting pregnant after a tummy tuck, your new look may be affected by a future pregnancy. The stretching of abdominal tissue that occurs during pregnancy could compromise the results of your tummy tuck.
You should wait until at least 6 months after childbirth before having a tummy tuck.
2. Excess Skin Is Your Issue
A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure, so the best results are seen in people who are at or near their target weight. A tummy tuck primarily addresses stretched or sagging skin around your abdominal area, along with tightening your abdominal muscles. If you are also struggling with stubborn fat pockets, consider the benefits of combining a tummy tuck and liposuction.
3. You Can Maintain a Steady Weight
If your weight fluctuates significantly after having a tummy tuck, your results may be impacted. Therefore, it’s important to get to a weight you’re confident you can maintain before having a tummy tuck. Working out and eating a balanced diet can ensure you’re in optimal health before your procedure, as well as help you maintain your results over time.
Dr. David Kaufman earned a bachelor of science degree from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduating with distinction, the highest academic honor. As an active duty naval special warfare officer, he served our nation for four years, including duty in Operation Desert Storm. He then attended Harvard Medical School, receiving his medical doctor degree in 1996. From there, he entered and completed postdoctoral surgical training in a combined general and plastic surgery residency at Stanford University Medical Center.
A board-certified plastic surgeon and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Kaufman’s diverse surgical experience and skill enables him to choose procedures and techniques to best suit each patient. Consider him and his practice, Kaufman Plastic Surgery, if you are looking for a plastic surgeon in the Sacramento area.