To Tummy Tuck or Not To Tummy Tuck
Many a Houstonian is unhappy with their waistline. We all long to have a flatter tummy. A tight, flat stomach is an indicator of youth and good health, and looking young is a common goal most people share. It is very hard to attain a flat stomach with exercise. Especially, after significant weight gain and loss, pregnancy, or as a result of aging. When the stomach tissue is stretched out, it often will not revert to its previous state. We lose elasticity in our skin, or stretch it beyond what it can endure and remain supple. When that happens, many people turn to a surgical procedure known as a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
A tummy tuck is a surgery for transforms and contours the abdomen by taking away surplus skin. The ideal candidates are people that have excess skin, as well as some persistent body fat accumulation, remaining after weight loss or childbirth. Those who wish to remove significant amounts of fat from their midsection are not good candidate. Those folks might want to consider another cosmetic procedure called liposuction. A plastic surgeon uses the tummy tuck procedure to sculpt a slimmer waistline and more young-looking figure. The muscles in our abdomens may also become weakened, again due to pregnancy or significant weight gain. Those muscles can be repaired during the tummy tuck procedure. As with any surgery, you should be in good physical before undergoing the procedure.
Before considering any type of cosmetic surgery, it is essential that you have realistic expectations about what to expect from the procedure. As long as you have a good idea about what the outcome will be like, you should be very happy with the results. Something else to keep in mind is that a tummy tuck is not designed as a method for overall weight loss. If you are appreciably overweight you need to slim down to your normal weight range, and keep the weight off for several months prior to the procedure. To read more about tummy tuck surgery, click here.
The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. Some people elect to spend the night in a hospital. You will miss at least a week of work. The scars will fade over time. Any discomfort or pain can be controlled with medication. It could take up to six weeks before you resume strenuous activity.
To determine if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck surgery, you need to communicate with Memorial Plastic Surgery, We will be happy to schedule a visit with Dr. Patrick Hsu, our lead surgeon. The doctor is a board certified plastic and reconstruction surgeon. His focal point is on patient treatment and fulfillment. He respects his patients and is well as is aware that the decision to have plastic surgery is an individual choice. Dr. Hsu will discuss every facet of the procedure from preparation through recovery. He will gladly help determine if you should tuck. Or not.
Should you get tummy tuck or not?