When is the Best Time to Have a Tummy Tuck?

Board-Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons Serving Pensacola, FL & Mobile, AL

Posted: March 16, 2022
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Woman struggling to button jeans over bulgy midsection

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is used to tighten and tone the midsection of the body. With this procedure, excess fat is removed from the abdominal area before loose and sagging skin is excised, both of which help to uncover and enhance definition. The procedure can also be used to reattach abdominal muscles that have become separated (diastasis recti) due to pregnancy or weight gain. This helps to draw the waist in and further improves contours.

Reattaching a separated abdominal wall may also help to prevent certain types of hernia, ease lower back pain, and improve balance and core strength.

The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are people who are close to their goal BMI and have been at a stable weight for a while. Tummy tuck surgery tones the frame, it is not intended to assist with weight loss. Future weight gain can undo tummy tuck results, making the best candidates people who are willing to take steps to maintain abdominoplasty results.

If you are a woman, it is best to wait until you are satisfied with the size of your family before having tummy tuck surgery. Pregnancy, like weight gain, will undo tummy tuck results.

While you must be at least 18 years old to undergo plastic surgery, there is no upper age limit for abdominoplasty. Candidates must, however, be in generally good health, prepared for a surgical procedure, and able to take time to recover.

Being at a stage in life where you have the support you need to take a week or two off from work, social, and familial responsibilities while you recover is important. So too is a commitment to follow pre and postoperative directions, both of which are provided to help ensure your comfort and reduce unnecessary risks.

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Choosing to undergo plastic surgery is a major decision. We are here to provide straightforward information, answer all of your questions, and help you determine if it’s the right decision for you. Give us a call at 850-500-7527 to schedule a consultation and learn more.