Am I A Good Tummy Tuck Candidate?
Am I A Good Tummy Tuck Candidate?
Many patients are considering a tummy tuck with liposuction, mainly after a significant weight loss or giving birth, but a lot of patients do not know which criteria they need to meet to be a good tummy tuck candidate. Patients must also have realistic expectations about this procedure. If you want to determine if you are a good tummy tuck candidate, please read the information provided by the Dr Lanzer Clinic below.
What Should I Know Before Considering A Liposuction Tummy Tuck Procedure?
Liposuction tummy tuck requires patients to meet certain criteria. Firstly, good tummy tuck candidates are usually finished having children and have good skin elasticity. The surgeon will also need a considerable amount of skin to work with when a patient considers a lipo tummy tuck. Therefore, good tummy tuck candidates have usually lost quite a large amount of weight.
Lastly, the type of excess fat the patient has can affect a patient’s eligibility for a lipo tummy tuck procedure. Certain types of fat in the abdominal area, more specifically intraperitoneal fat, cannot be removed through surgical correction. Therefore, patients who have a large amount of this fat left, might not get the results from a lipo tummy tuck as a person with less intraperitoneal fat.
Good candidates for cosmetic procedures such as the tummy tuck also tend to be around their ideal weight. They also maintained this weight for a certain period of time, but are left with excess skin in the midsection. It is also possible that patients are left with some post-pregnancy issues, in which case a mommy makeover can be considered.
Some patients may have sagging skin mainly on the lower abdomen. If this is the case, then the patient might benefit more from another abdominoplasty
To ensure you are a good candidate for this treatment, the Dr Lanzer Clinic advises patients to book a consult at The Dr Lanzer Clinic. After an evaluation, Dr Lanzer can determine if you are eligible for the procedure and if the outcome you want to see is realistic.
Are There People Who Are Not Eligible For Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Some patients might not be considered for the procedure for various reasons; this includes patients who are not in good health, patients who are significantly overweight, and patients with a large quantity of intra—abdominal fat.
The Dr Lanzer Clinic MAY advise women who still plan on having children to hold off on the surgery. During a pregnancy, the abdominal muscles that are repaired during a tummy tuck can separate again. Therefore, it may be best to wait with the procedure until you had your last pregnancy. However, women who are still thinking about having children could still be a candidate for a tummy tuck.
How Is The Tummy Tuck Done?
This procedure will remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen. It can be performed with various techniques. While some patients only require a partial tummy tuck, other patients may require the full tummy tuck to acquire the results they wish to obtain.
For the so-called full tummy tuck, the surgeon will create an incision from one hipbone to the other hipbone. Therefore, this is an option for patients who require many corrections. Any remaining small scar can usually be hidden underneath clothing, so nothing is stopping a patient to wear a bikini after their treatment. This is not the case if it requires a full tuck and if the patient does not have enough loose skin on the upper abdomen. In such a case, the scar may be above the bikini line.
When the surgeon has created the incision, the surgeon will start by contouring the skin, tissue and the muscles as required. The procedure also includes the creation of a new belly button, since the navel must be removed from the surrounding tissue to make the corrections.
During a partial tummy tuck, the surgeon will focus on the fat below the navel; this means that the incisions are usually shorter, and that the navel does not have to be moved. Instead, the surgeon will separate the skin where the incision is made and could therefore execute the procedure with an endoscope. Naturally, the ability of a patient to benefit from this procedure depends on the location of the fat as well as the quantity of fat and skin that must be removed from the area.
The tummy tuck procedure is not solely meant for women, as both men and women are known to benefit from the treatment. As mentioned earlier in this article, this is usually done after the patient has lost a significant amount of fat. Patients may also have some small fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise in addition to excess abdominal skin.
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How Do I Prepare For A Tummy Tuck Procedure?
There are some things patients could implement before their tummy tuck. Firstly, patients should stop smoking, since smoking can reduce the recovery rate of the patient and increase the chances of complications and infections. Ideally, the patient must stop smoking several weeks before the surgery.
Dr Lanzer and his associates also recommend maintaining a balanced and healthy diet before the surgery, since this could benefit you during the procedure, but also during your recovery. Naturally, a healthy and balanced diet must be maintained after the tummy tuck too, since maintaining a healthy weight is required to keep the results you have obtained from a tummy tuck.
It could also be advised to prepare your home for your recovery, since you must rest for some time after your procedure. It is recommended to prepare your bed with clean bed linen and soft pillows, so you can rest comfortably when you come home. It is also advised to create a relaxed and comfortable environment.
What Are Common Side Effects After Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Common side-effects, experienced during the first couple of days after surgery, include bruising and swelling; this could be described as discomfort overall. Therefore, these are some of the symptoms you should expect during your recovery time. Of course, side-effects can be different for patients; this in reference to their severity and intensity.
The Dr Lanzer Clinic recommends avoiding strenuous physical activity during your recovery. Therefore, it is advised to get the all clear from the surgeon before you attempt any rigorous exercise or physical activity. If you have a job that requires heavy physical activity, it may also be better to take more time off until the surgeon says it is okay to resume this type of activity.
Patients who had general anesthesia during their surgical procedure can experience some side-effects for at least 24-hours after their treatment. If you any surgery procedures done with general anesthesia, please refrain from making important decisions and do not sign any important documents for at least 24 hours.
During your recovery, there are certain medications that must be avoided too; this because certain medications can interfere with your recovery. When in doubt, please refer to the documentation received from our clinic. When in doubt about the medications you should avoid before and after the tummy tuck procedure, you can also get in touch with our clinic.
How Do I Book A Consult For The Tummy Tuck Procedure?
To get an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck consultation, simply get in touch with us by telephone, email, or the website enquiry form. We also need to mention that there is a first free appointment available for first-time patients, who can subsequently get more familiar with our clinic, staff and the services we provide. So, if you are uncertain if our clinic is the right fit for your cosmetic surgery, be sure to take full advantage of this free consultation.