Many people come to a point where they realize that diet and exercise are not giving them the abdomen that they want. No matter how many sit-ups or other forms of abdominal exercises they try, they will not get the results they are looking for because they are dealing with too much loose skin and stubborn fat. If this sounds like your situation, we invite you to learn how you can tighten and tone with a tummy tuck.
There are two groups of people who are usually interested in having this procedure done. The first group is women who have gone through multiple pregnancies. No matter how much they diet, exercise, or use topical treatments, they cannot get their abdominal area to look like it did before they had children. The second group is individuals who at one time were overweight and are now down to a healthy weight. They are not able to get their skin to bounce back to how it was before they started gaining the weight. The stretched skin is just hanging there. They may also be dealing with stubborn pockets of fat in the area. Of course, individuals who are dealing with loose skin and stubborn fat for other reasons are definitely welcome to learn more about this procedure and find out if they qualify for it.
Learn More About the Tummy Tuck
This surgery is also called an abdominoplasty. The goal is to create a firmer and smoother abdomen. It can help both men and women who are dealing with loose skin and excess fat in the area. It can also repair muscles that have separated or are weakened in the abdominal area.
During a typical procedure, loose skin and excess tissue are removed. Liposuction may be performed in order to get rid of fat that has proven resistant to diet and exercise. The remaining skin is pulled downward in order to create a tight and taut appearance.
In most cases, clients will need a support garment for healing. This will support the abdominal area and help to minimize swelling as you go through the healing process. You will need to rest for a set amount of time in order to recover from the tummy tuck. Most clients are able to get back to work in the weeks after the procedure if the type of work they do is mostly sedentary. If an individual has a job that involves more vigorous activity or heavy lifting, they may need more time to heal. It is good to make arrangements to have someone assist you during at least the first part of your recovery. If you have small children, you may need to have some care for your children during the first couple of days. Lifting a child during the initial recovery process could jeopardize the results, so it’s important not to do this.
It is good to know that the procedure is tailored to meet the wants and needs of each one of our clients. After you go through the initial consultation, our doctor will be able to recommend a technique that will help you to achieve your goal. We first want to listen to your concerns and then present you with a variety of options before coming up with a customized treatment plan for you.
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?
There are several things that you will want to consider as you think about this question. First, you will want to look at your physical health. The healthier a person is before the procedure, the better the results they will get. When you visit us for your initial consultation, you will need to disclose any health issues you are dealing with or medications you may take. These may have a direct impact on your candidacy for the procedure.
Individuals who smoke will need to stop smoking in the weeks before the procedure is scheduled. Tobacco can have a negative effect on a person’s body, which can lead to complications during the healing process. You will also need to avoid smoking tobacco in the weeks that follow the procedure.
This should not be viewed as a surgery to help you lose weight. In fact, you need to be at a stable weight in order to qualify for it. We usually recommend that our clients get pretty close to their goal weight and make sure that they can maintain it for a set amount of time. If you are not able to maintain a healthy weight, having the surgery performed may be counterproductive. You do not want to have a tummy tuck performed just to gain weight later and stretch your skin again.
You want to fully understand how the surgery will be performed and the type of results that you can receive with it. Take time to look at before and after photographs of others who have had the surgery performed. It can definitely go a long way in improving your appearance and boosting your self-confidence. However, part of understanding what the procedure can realistically do for you involves understanding that you will still have the same body after the procedure. The procedure does not magically change a person’s body into the body of an 18-year-old. We would be happy to show you before and after photographs of clients who we have worked with to give you the best idea of what your results will be after you have the surgery performed by our plastic surgeon.
You should feel dissatisfied with the appearance of your abdominal area in order to qualify for the procedure. This seems obvious. However, it is good to emphasize that you need to be ready to have the procedure performed and be at a point in your life to make some positive changes.
The results that you get with this procedure will be permanent. The skin that is removed will not return. If fat cells were removed using liposuction, they will not return. However, you will need to live a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain the results. If you are a woman and are thinking about having another baby in the future, it may be a good idea for you to postpone the procedure until a later date. If you still have a lot of weight to lose, we encourage you to lose the weight first and then consider the procedure. You want to be in a position where you will be happy with the permanent results that come from the surgery.
Many of our clients are interested in addressing stretch marks as well as loose skin. It is good to mention that the tummy tuck procedure will not always correct stretch marks. However, if stretch marks are located in areas where you have loose skin that will be removed, these may also be removed from the area. Certain areas may look better after the procedure because of the way the skin has been tightened. It is good to understand that stretch marks are scars. The skin on the abdominal area that is left in place will still have the scars. We would be happy to discuss different cosmetic treatments that may be available after the procedure has been performed in order to improve the condition of your skin in the area. This may help you feel completely satisfied with all of the work being done on your body.
Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation
As you can see, a tummy tuck can go a long way in improving your appearance and boosting your self-confidence. However, you may not be sure if this is the right option for you.
When you visit us for the first time, you will be able to go through a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon. Part of the consultation is designed to make sure that you qualify for the procedure.
If you are even slightly interested in having this surgery performed, we encourage smokers to stop smoking now. This will play a large role in if you qualify for the surgery. Quitting smoking can help you to avoid complications and to heal faster after the surgery.
When you visit us, please feel free to ask as many questions as you would like about the surgery and the qualifications of our plastic surgeon. We want you to feel absolutely confident that the procedure is right for you and that you are working with a highly qualified plastic surgeon. As we mentioned above, we would be happy to show you photographs of clients who we have personally worked with.
We are excited to help you on your journey to having a body that you feel completely satisfied with. If multiple pregnancies, weight loss, or just the aging process has caused you to feel unsatisfied with the way that your abdominal area looks, a tummy tuck may be right for you. It is the best way to go about toning and tightening an abdominal area that has loose skin and unwanted pockets of fat.
During a consultation at My Cosmetic Clinic in the Sydney area, you can get all the facts about a tummy tuck. Contact us today to book your appointment at one of our offices. We look forward to hearing from you!