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Are You Qualified for a Tummy Tuck Procedure?

22 Jun
2015

tummy tuck surgery

Adults are considered overweight if they have a BMI (body mass index) between 25 and 29.9 — numbers that no American especially wants to hear from their primary physician. Whenever someone gains weight too quickly, their body is subject to developing stretch marks. Stretch marks are caused when the dermal layer of the skin is stretched too thinly before the body can properly produce enough cells to cover the growing area.

Women in particular are more likely to get stretch marks (although men are not immune to these) because of their anatomy (hip and breast development in just a few short years). As a result, they are 91% more likely to undergo some form of cosmetic treatment than men. One of the best ways to get rid of stretch marks is a tummy tuck surgery.

What is a tummy tuck procedure?
This procedure, also known as an abdominoplasty is a cosmetic treatment that surgically removes extra fat and skin from around the abdomen. Fat is more likely to accumulate in this area than any other area of the body, which is what makes this tummy tuck surgery one of the most common cosmetic procedures for stretch mark removal.

Is the tummy tuck procedure right for you?
Because this is a major surgery which requires hospital time and lengthy recovery, not everyone may be fit for the procedure. Generally, a tummy tuck surgeon will look for candidates who are in good health. Considering 49% of those who seek cosmetic procedures are between the ages 40 and 54 — many of which are overweight or obese — it is important to be healthy to ensure a full recovery.

The most common candidates for this surgery are women who have gone through multiple pregnancies. The 9 month gestation period is a very short timeframe for the body to be growing so rapidly, resulting in stretch marks and, eventually, excess skin around the abdomen after giving birth. Also, those who have recently lost weight but are now dealing with too much skin can opt for a tummy tuck procedure, which will tighten the skin around the abdominal wall.

How can one prepare for this surgery?
First, find a reputable cosmetic surgeon in the area. They will want to go through a consultation process to figure out past medical history and address any questions or concerns the patient might have. Now is the best time to talk to the surgeon about expectations and goals. For those looking for a complete abdominoplasty, the surgeon will cut open the abdomen from hip bone to hip bone and use body contouring techniques to achieve the look and appearance the patient desires. A partial tummy tuck surgery is more for people who have fat displacement below the belly button. The partial abdominoplasty only takes two hours.

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