Am I a candidate for tummy tuck surgery?

Are you dealing with an unwanted “pooch” on your abdomen that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise? Only a select few people can actually achieve a flat, tight tummy without having to go under the knife. A tummy tuck may be just what you need. Read on to learn about ideal candidates for surgery.

  • You have experienced pregnancy and childbirth. As miraculous as pregnancy is for women, it can do a number on the body. Stretched, loose abdominal skin, excess fat and separated muscles do not bounce back after baby. A tummy tuck will remove the stretched skin and excess fat and reposition and tighten abdominal muscles to reveal a flatter, firmer abdomen.

Please note that if you plan on having more children in the future, it’s best to wait until after childbearing as it can reverse the results of surgery.

  • You’ve lost the weight. Losing weight—whether a little or a lot—can feel so amazing. But sometimes you deal with that stubborn pooch on the belly that won’t go away no matter how much exercise or dieting you do. And sometimes men and women who lose significant amounts of weight or undergo bariatric surgery may have a large apron of skin hanging over the abdomen, which can make clothing uncomfortable and even cause rashes. A tummy tuck can provide aesthetic and functional benefits for these patients.
  • If you are planning on losing additional weight, you should wait until you are closer to your ideal weight as there is additional loose skin you may be dealing with down the road.
  • You understand that a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure. The goal of a tummy tuck is to remove and tighten skin, remove stubborn fat and fix separated muscles.

If you have good elasticity in your abdominal skin and just want to remove pockets of stubborn fat, you want liposuction, not a tummy tuck. If you’re interested in learning more about tummy tuck surgery and you live in the Bloomington area, call 309-323-8120 to set up a consultation.

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