The tummy tuck, clinically known as abdominoplasty, is one of the most transformative and customizable body contouring procedures in plastic surgery. It is also one of the safest procedures in all of medicine, provided that it is performed by an experienced plastic surgeon on a suitable candidate. Among good candidates for tummy tuck surgery, the risk of serious complications is very rare while the rates of success and patient satisfaction are extremely high.
At Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, PC in Long Island, tummy tuck candidates are carefully evaluated in order to determine whether abdominoplasty is a suitable solution in their particular cases. Our team comprises four of the most esteemed plastic surgeons in the nation, each of whom puts the safety, comfort, and overall satisfaction of his patients above all else. During personal, one-on-one consultations with patients, our doctors review medical histories, discuss needs and goals, and explain treatment options in clear, comprehensible detail. If a patient is not a suitable candidate for tummy tuck surgery, our doctors will advise him or her openly and honestly of alternatives. While we will always do our best to accommodate the wishes of our patients, we will never put the health or safety of our patients at risk.
Are you a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery? The only way to find out for sure is to meet with one of our four experienced plastic surgeons at our state-of-the-art plastic surgery center. Until then, here is some general information about tummy tuck candidacy.
Are you a good tummy tuck candidate?
If you are just now considering tummy tuck surgery, it is first of all important that you understand what the procedure is, and what it isn’t. Tummy tuck surgery is a surgical procedure in which excess, hanging skin and fat are removed from the abdominal region to create trimmer, more refined contours. It is a relatively invasive procedure, albeit one that can be modified and scaled down to meet the unique needs of the individual patient. For patients who have just a small protrusion of skin between the belly button and pubic region, the mini tummy tuck technique can be employed, which entails a shorter incision and briefer recovery period. For patients with fatty deposits that extend around the entire abdomen to the flanks (the “love handles”) and the back, the extended tummy tuck procedure can be employed.
What the tummy tuck procedure most definitely is NOT is a weight loss procedure. While patients will emerge from surgery looking healthier and more slender, it is not a suitable procedure for patients who need to lose significant amounts of weight.
In general, candidates for tummy tuck surgery must:
- Be at or near a healthy weight for their height and body type.
- Be in good enough overall health to undergo a major surgical procedure.
- If they are smokers, be willing to give up smoking, at least during the recovery phase.
- Be willing to follow all post-operative instructions provided to them in order to facilitate healing and promote the best possible aesthetic results.
- Have realistic expectations of their results.
- Be willing to maintain their results by leading healthy, active lifestyles after they have healed.
Find Out Whether You Are a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery
To learn whether you are a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery, please schedule your consultation at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, PC today.