Hard work and dedication can lead to amazing changes to the human body, but we may not get all the results we want in spite of our good efforts. Skin elasticity is one aspect of the human body that works differently from person to person. Some find that their skin can spring back after dramatic changes such as weight loss and pregnancy, while others may find themselves with loose skin, especially around the stomach area. For those experiencing issues with loose skin and excess abdominal fat, a tummy tuck can help you achieve a tight, toned midsection.
How a Tummy Tuck Can Help
Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the midsection. The remaining skin is repositioned and the abdominal muscles are tightened, leaving the patient with a taut, tight stomach.
Preparing for a Tummy Tuck
Before receiving a tummy tuck, you should be at or near your ideal weight for a set amount of time prior to the procedure, allowing your skin sufficient time to contract as much as it can on its own. You should also quit smoking if you are a smoker and greatly reduce alcohol consumption, as both substances can affect the healing process. You will also want to have the appropriate amount of time available in your schedule for downtime after the surgery to allow your body to heal completely. THe best candidates for a tummy tuck have realistic expectations regarding the procedure, the recovery and the results.
A Promise to Yourself
Before you get a tummy tuck, you need to make yourself a promise; you need to commit to keeping your weight as stable as possible. Patients receive the best results from a tummy tuck when they maintain their current weight with proper diet and exercise. While a tummy tuck can provide you with very satisfying, lifelong results, maintaining a healthy lifestyle before and after the surgery will help ensure you get the results you want.
A tummy tuck can help you overcome your loose skin and excess fat and get the tight, toned tummy you’ve always wanted. If you’re ready to discuss your options or would like a professional opinion, don’t hesitate to make an appointment at the office of J. Anthony Stephens, MD in Baton Rouge. We’d be delighted to meet you, assess your case and recommend the proper procedure to address your needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office.