Are You a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

posted on:
September 19th, 2022
posted by:
Dr. Thomas Bell, MD

The stomach can be an annoying part of the body. Excess skin and fat find a way to collect around our midsection when we undergo typical bodily changes, including childbirth, weight changes, and ageing. Unfortunately, as many people discover, diet and exercise often fall short of giving us a slim, youthful waist. A tummy tuck sometimes called an abdominoplasty, is a highly effective surgical operation to contour the waistline and smooth the stomach.

Additionally, the surgical procedure can strengthen and repair weak or damaged abdominal muscles, which will further tighten the stomach and guarantee long-lasting effects. But not everyone is a good candidate for a tummy tuck. This article will discuss specific tummy tuck qualifications and who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck. If you’re a man seeking out a tummy tuck, learn about men’s tummy tuck cost and qualifications.

What's a Tummy Tuck

Over 123,000 effective abdominoplasty (commonly known as a tummy tuck) treatments were carried out in North America in 2019 alone, making it one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. Considering that the number of annual treatments has increased since 2000, it has also been tremendously popular over the past 20 years.

About 42% of all stomach tucks performed last year were on women between 40 and 54. Most women typically realize they won’t be having any more children at this point. Additionally, they are old enough to have tried several unsuccessful diets and exercise regimens in the past.

To tighten the appearance of your midsection, extra skin and fat are removed. Additionally, it might aid in removing undesirable stretch marks. Weakened or divided muscles are also repaired during the stomach tuck surgery.

Depending on the sort of Tummy Tuck you undergo, your surgeon will follow specific procedures.

There are several varieties, including:

To fully grasp your options, it’s crucial to clarify the distinction between a full and slight tummy tuck with your surgeon. A full abdominoplasty is likely the most preferred procedure for women with loose skin and slack stomach muscles due to pregnancy or significant weight loss.

Your surgeon will expertly tighten your sagging abdominal muscles while removing your extra skin and fat (both below and above the belly button).

On the other hand, if you are about where you want to be but still have a few extra pounds or inches that you can’t manage to lose, a minor stomach tuck treatment would be best for you. Simple oral sedation or local anesthetic are both options for doing this surgery. Additionally, it leaves a hardly noticeable scar.

The extended abdominoplasty, commonly known as the dreaded “love handles,” is aimed at those unhappy with extra fat and skin that spreads beyond their stomach area into their hips and back.

A tummy tuck can also be performed as part of a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover in Toronto is a collection of procedures such as a tummy tuck, liposuction, breast lift, implants, and other procedures that help turn back the clock on the body.

The Ideal Tummy Tuck Qualifications

A tummy tuck is a safe and efficient approach to get a more toned and flat stomach when done by a board-certified plastic surgeon. But choosing to get an abdominoplasty is not a decision that should be taken lightly, as it is with any form of cosmetic surgery. Certain tummy tuck qualifications make one more of a good candidate for a tummy tuck than others.

Scheduling a meeting with your plastic surgeon is the greatest method to ensure that you are selecting the appropriate procedure. Here are some indications that you might be a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck, though, to get you started:

Your Abdomen’s Skin Is Loose Around You

Although a stomach tuck can target persistent pockets of fat, ideal tummy tuck qualifications mean you must have a large amount of skin around your abdomen to be a candidate for this treatment. Why? To do a tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon will make a rather significant incision, and if you don’t have enough extra skin, it could result in a noticeable scar.

You are in Good Health

Before choosing to have this procedure, good health is one of the main tummy tuck qualifications. Although a stomach tuck is a low-risk treatment, anyone with serious underlying medical conditions should not do it. You should take the following into account:

  • Because general anesthesia will cause you to be sedated, your heart and lungs must be in good condition.
  • Connective tissue abnormalities and autoimmune diseases can seriously hamper the healing process. If you regularly get thick, elevated scars on your skin, you should talk to your plastic surgeon about this.
  • Patients of plastic surgeons are advised to give up smoking before any type of surgery. By heeding this advice, you can ensure a speedy recovery and steer clear of any unneeded post-surgical issues.

You Are Not Planning Pregnancy

You should postpone getting a tummy tuck if you want to have more kids. This is due to the possibility of subsequent pregnancies separating the healed muscles and stretching your belly skin once more.

This implies that in order to get the results of your initial stomach tuck back, you will need to have another treatment. The health of your unborn child won’t be impacted by your prior tummy tuck, though, if you do become pregnant unexpectedly.

You Don’t Want to Continue Losing Weight

People often have to deal with loose skin after weight loss. After all, it’s one of the most common reasons a person gets a tummy tuck. However, waiting until you are close to or at your target weight is important.

If you continue to lose fast or large amounts of weight following your tummy tuck recovery, you will encourage the creation of more loose skin and undo the effects of the tummy tuck, resulting in further revision procedures that need to be made.

You Have Realistic Expectations

Regardless of whether your tummy tuck qualifications are physical, this mental step is one of the most important. A good option to treat some cosmetic concerns and boost your confidence is to have an abdominoplasty. It is not, however, meant to be a weight loss method. Only so much can be done in both cases, especially for more intense cases. Retaining realistic expectations will save you from disappointment and help prevent you from higher-risk treatments.

Another thing to remember after the procedure is that recovery is not instant. Though procedures are quicker and safer than ever if you meet all of the tummy tuck qualifications, there is still a recovery period you need to plan for. For example, sleeping after a tummy tuck requires some thought and care ahead of time to ensure optimal recovery.

How is a Tummy Tuck Performed

Your surgeon will make a small incision to begin. Where and how long that incision is made will depend on how much fat is removed and your skin type.

To repair any compromised abdominal muscles, your surgeon will then skilfully remove the abdominal skin. They will then stitch it back together after trimming the extra skin. Additionally, they will thoughtfully make a new belly button opening so that it can be positioned naturally.

You will spend the night in our luxurious recovery area after your procedure under the care of our kind recovery nurse. Most patients are able to return home the next day.

In Toronto, How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

Depending on the technique you choose, and the amount of work required by your surgeon, the cost of your surgery may change.

In general, a tummy tuck cost in Toronto will begin at around $8,999. In order to further reduce costs and increase affordability, we now provide financing options for procedures.

Why Choose Toronto Plastic Surgery?

If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, you’ll want to see the best plastic surgeon in Toronto. Our dedicated group of plastic surgeons in Toronto can help you with any cosmetic surgery needs you may have. At TPS, we can assist if you’re thinking about getting a liposuction, tummy tuck, or any other operation.

If you’re interested in booking your initial consultation or learning more about our services, you can contact us online or call us at 647-723-3739.

Posted by:

Dr. Thomas Bell, MD

Dr. Thomas Bell has been one of Canada’s most renowned cosmetic surgeons for 35 years. He prides his excellence on the harmonious balance of vision, aesthetic appearance, and patient care.

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