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Thinking About a Tummy Tuck? Here’s What to Know

There are a lot of good reasons to consider a tummy tuck. Some of the most popular reasons include stubborn fat and excess skin that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Some patients underwent pregnancy and childbirth and have muscle laxity. Whatever your reasons, it’s important to fully understand the tummy tuck before you begin planning your surgery. Here are some things to know as you schedule your consultation in Miami.

It can improve flatness but not tone

It’s important have realistic expectations about what a tummy tuck can achieve. This procedure can flatten the stomach by removing fatty pockets and excess skin, but it can’t improve your muscle tone or produce ‘abs’. It can, however, make it easier to achieve muscle tone on your own since a tummy tuck can repair and tighten stretched muscles. This is usually the result of pregnancy or substantial weight gain. If you already have good muscle tone and simply want to enhance its appearance, liposculpture (or, abdominal etching) may be a better option.

You can gain weight afterwards

A tummy tuck will not prevent you from gaining weight in your stomach later on. For this reason,

the ideal candidate for a tummy tuck has a well-balanced diet and exercise regimen in place already. In other words, a tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution or a permanent solution. You should make sure you’re at a steady weight and consider whether you have any future plans for children, since pregnancy can also reverse your results.

Stretch mark removal is not a guarantee

Stretch marks are a common occurrence during pregnancy and weight gain. Although a tummy tuck can sometimes remove stretch marks, you shouldn’t count on it without a professional recommendation from your plastic surgeon. Generally, stretch marks that are below the belly button can be mostly removed when sagging skin is excised. If your stretch marks are located higher up, however, you may need to explore other options.

Schedule a Consultation

A tummy tuck is one of the most effective ways to achieve a flat, contoured stomach. To begin discussing your best options with our board certified plastic surgeons, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.

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