A Is for Abdominoplasty: the ABCs of a Tummy Tuck
Before going into get a tummy tuck, you need to be well aware of what it is and what it isn’t. What makes you a good candidate? What disqualifies you? How will recovery work and how long will it take? You have so many questions. While this short blog cannot provide all the answers, it can hopefully get you started.
A Is for Abdominoplasty
Abdominoplasty. Tummy tuck. Whatever you want to call it, it is basically a surgery that will tighten up your stomach. If you want to lose weight, this is not the procedure for you. Rather, this is a surgery to use once you’ve already lost the weight. If you have become healthy and still have a little fat or excess skin sticking around your tummy, than abdominoplasty is for you. It basically helps remove extra, stretched-out skin and tightens your muscles to reveal a beautiful stomach underneath.
B Is for Best Candidates
If you’re in general good health, you are most likely a good candidate for a tummy tuck. However, there are some stipulations. If you are planning to lose or gain weight or get pregnant, wait until those plans are permanently over before you get a tummy tuck, as they will just undo everything the surgery did. You will also need to be in a position where you can take off about 4 weeks of work in order to fully recover from the surgery.
A good candidate will also be emotionally prepared for the surgery. Often major life changes, especially physical ones, result in mood swings. You will need a strong support system to help you be patient through the healing.
C Is for Communication
Obviously a short blog cannot answer all your questions about your surgery, especially as this is not a personalized forum at all. In order to get all your answers, and to have them tailored to you, your current body, and your expectations, you will need to communicate openly with your plastic surgeon. Perhaps the most important part of your surgery, you need to have that open line of communication in order to fully express your expectations and your questions. Contact your surgeon immediately if any problems arise, especially during your recovery process.