When is the Right Time for a Tummy Tuck?

We have somewhat moved beyond the trend of having a chiseled six-pack, but that doesn’t mean the desire for a flat, toned midsection has gone away completely. Many people would like to feel more confident in the tautness of their stomach. Many of them also find the standard process of firming this part of the body tiresome and frustrating. Hours in the gym doesn’t sound appealing to every person, nor is it possible for everyone. As an alternative, tummy tuck surgery is often sought as a complement to a healthy lifestyle.

Tummy tuck surgery, called abdominoplasty, offers meaningful benefits. Patients who have undergone this procedure express their happiness with their decision. However advantageous a tummy tuck can be, it isn’t right for every situation. Timing is an important consideration when considering the long-term value of a tummy tuck. The best results from this procedure tend to occur with patients who:

  • Are in good general health and do not smoke
  • Have an established fitness plan to support their shape
  • Are within a steady, healthy body weight range
  • Generally feel good about their body and wish to correct loose, sagging abdominal tissue

Pregnancy

There may be a misconception about tummy tuck surgery timing for women of childbearing age. Most surgeons recommend that a woman postpone her tummy tuck until she is done having children. However, a desire to have children in the future does not exclude a woman from having her abdominal wall tightened. The concern related to pregnancy after a tummy tuck is that the stretching of the muscle and skin across the abdomen will diminish the effects gained by surgery. Waiting for a tummy tuck offers the benefit of not needing a repeat procedure at a later date.

Weight

Clearly, weight gain can have an effect on the results of a tummy tuck. Patients who are considering the timing of their body contouring procedure also need to consider future goals for weight loss and overall weight management. In addition to reaching their desired weight, tummy tuck patients should maintain that weight for several months before their tummy tuck or body lift procedures. Healthy eating and exercise habits lay the foundation for long-term results and should be established before surgery.

Discover what’s possible with tummy tuck surgery. Call 702.684.5502 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shah. Our practice is proud to serve Henderson and the Las Vegas area.

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