Losing belly fat is one of the best steps you can take, both for aesthetic appeal and your overall health. Fat around the internal organs is believed to be far worse for our health than fat stored elsewhere. Unfortunately, losing stubborn belly fat can leave you with loose skin. Not only is this an aesthetic issue, but the folds of skin are also susceptible to irritation, breakdown, yeast formation and even injury from the clasps, zippers and buttons of your clothing. Fortunately, a tummy tuck procedure is designed to remove that excess skin and leave you with a flat, tight belly.
Considering a Tummy Tuck
As with any surgery, some people are better candidates for a tummy tuck than others. During a consultation at our office, we can discuss the qualifications with you in detail. Generally speaking, however, most people in good overall health make for good candidates for the procedure. Ideally, you will want to be a non-smoker, as smoking can greatly impact your body’s ability to heal after surgery. If you have any chronic health issues or take daily medications, you can still talk to our surgeon about your desire for a tummy tuck. Changes to your fitness routine, diet or other actions could make surgery safer for you, so it is a conversation worth having.
During your consultation at our office, our surgeon can also advise you of steps you’ll want to take leading up to the surgery to help you achieve a better outcome. Follow these instructions to the letter, as they can have a huge impact on your end result.
Weight and Your Surgery
During a typical tummy tuck, our surgeon removes excess skin and some fat and then tightens the underlying abdominal muscles. The remaining skin can also be pulled tight in order to further tone the midsection. For this reason, you want to have your weight under control and stable before having a tummy tuck procedure.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are struggling with loose skin and/or some excess fat and are considering surgical intervention, make an appointment at the office of J. Anthony Stephens, MD to see if a tummy tuck can work for you. Contact our office in Baton Rouge today to schedule a consultation and get started!