Summary: When it comes to getting your belly area to look smooth, trim, and youthful, tummy tuck procedures are a great way to achieve your desired results. This popular procedure is designed to eliminate excess skin around the belly and provide additional structure to the abdominal muscles. The combined result is a flatter, smoother, firmer tummy. So if you’re interested in a tummy tuck procedure, these five tips will help you get the best results possible.
Our Top 5 Tummy Tuck Tips
One of the most popular plastic surgery procedures year after year is known as the tummy tuck. The more technical and medical term is abdominoplasty (referring to the abdomen, where most of the work is accomplished). The tummy tuck is popular for one primary reason: people love to have slim, firm bellies.
But that’s not always possible with only diet and exercise. In fact, diet and exercise can leave you with a certain amount of excess skin. Then again, your simple and every day life has a tendency to do the same thing. For a wide variety of reasons, your belly has a tendency to become a focal point for excess tissue and excess skin.
That excess skin can begin to look like flab and start to feel unflattering, especially as it grows. This could prevent you from doing the things you want to do, wearing the clothes you want to wear, from feeling comfortable in your own skin. Tummy Tuck procedures are designed to mitigate that by making the abdomen firm and slender again.
To be sure, this is not the same thing as a liposuction procedure, which removes fat. But tummy tuck procedures can help you look more slender, with a firmer belly area. These five tips will help you do that.
Tip Number 1: Be a Stable Weight
It’s tempting to think of a tummy tuck as a weight loss procedure. But that’s not entirely accurate. In fact, many patients seek out a tummy tuck after losing weight. However, the best way to get great results—and keep those results—is to maintain a stable weight. This will help ensure that once the excess skin is removed, it won’t come back, and your results will last for quite some time.
Tip Number 2: Get Liposuction if You Need it
Going along with the notion of maintaining a stable weight, getting liposuction at the same time as your tummy tuck is quite ideal. And it’s certainly better than getting your liposuction after your tummy tuck, when you might compromise your results. Many patients get liposuction and a tummy tuck because that’s what will get them their desired results—it’s a great way to get the most bang for your buck.
Tip Number 3: Plan for Your Recovery
While patients are adamant that tummy tuck procedures are worth it, it’s important to keep in mind that the procedure does require some recovery time. According to the website of the New Jersey plastic surgeons at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, tummy tuck surgery can require several weeks of recovery before you’re able to return to normal, daily activities. It would be in your best interest not to have to cook dinner during those couple of weeks—so make sure you’ve done ample planning for your recovery so you can let your body heal.
Tip Number 4: Know What You Want
As with any procedure, it’s important to know what you want the final results to look like. This will, of course, be determined at least in part with the help of a plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should, after all, tell you what’s possible and what’s not. But you should know what you want your body to look like: how much excess skin do you want to get rid of, how flat do you want your belly to be, where are you comfortable with scar tissue? The answers to these questions will help guide you towards the best possible procedure for you and for your body.
Tip Number 5: Choose the Best Surgeon Possible
When choosing a plastic surgeon, you want to spend some time considering the experience and expertise of that surgeon. A tummy tuck procedure can be complex (though routine, in the right hands). You will want to find someone who has experience and who can give you the best possible results. That’s why many look for board certified plastic surgeons as a place to start. During your consultation, you can get a sense of the surgeon and of the results he or she is capable of delivering.
Enjoy the Results You Get
Tummy tuck procedures are incredibly popular. These five tummy tuck tips can help you get the best results possible, although it’s worth noting that everyone’s experience will be different (in other words, maybe you will find that some of these tips do not apply). In any case, most patients love the results of tummy tuck procedures—flatter, smoother, firmer tummies!