Is a Tummy Tuck Right For You?
Tummy tuck surgery removes excess fat and skin from your midsection and tightens damaged abdominal muscles, leaving you with a thinner, more athletic-looking physique. Despite its popularity, the treatment option is not right for everyone. If you are considering body contouring, Dr. Brian Burns can evaluate your medical history, current body mass index (BMI), and cosmetic goals at his Victoria, TX, office to determine if you are eligible for the procedure. Dr. Burns is board-certified and holds patients to strict standards in order to achieve the very best outcomes.
Potential candidates should be at or near their ideal weight before considering tummy tuck surgery.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Good candidates for a tummy tuck are unhappy with the appearance of their abdominal regions. They are often experiencing:
- Loose skin around their abdomen
- Stubborn fat around their lower stomach
- Loose abdominal muscles
Tummy tuck candidates are in good overall health, not planning on having additional children (for women), and within 15 to 20 pounds of their ideal weight. Candidates should be near their ideal weight because further weight loss after the surgery can negate the “tight” appearance that a tummy tuck affords. Patients should also have a realistic expectation of what results a tummy tuck can deliver. Maintaining the physical benefits of this body contouring procedure requires a dedication to a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Burns holds tummy tuck patients to strict standards in order to achieve the very best outcomes.
When Are Tummy Tucks Not a Good Fit?
There are medical and personal reasons when a tummy tuck is not the best option. For those patients, Dr. Burns may recommend steps to improve your candidacy or advise alternative treatments. Liposuction, dieting, or other body contouring options might be recommended. Common reasons an individual may not be an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck include:
- Smoking: Tobacco use can lead to a host of surgical complications, including post-procedure infections.
- Compromising medical conditions: Advanced cardiopulmonary disease, cirrhosis, and untreated diabetes can disqualify tummy tuck candidates.
- Pregnancy: Once your abdominal area is shrunk, it is less able to accommodate stretching.
- Low self-esteem: There are emotionally healthy and emotionally unhealthy reasons to undergo cosmetic surgery. Dr. Burns may ask for the motivating factors behind your decision to seek a tummy tuck.
- BMI: A patient who has a high BMI may not be eligible for a tummy tuck. Dr. Burns can recommend ways to first lose weight.
What to Expect during Your Consultation
During your initial consultation with Dr. Burns, he will sit down with you to learn more about your concerns and goals. The risks associated with surgery, the length of recovery, and other pertinent facts will be discussed. Your medical history will be weighed, and Dr. Burns will examine your body to determine if the benefits of a tummy tuck will be worth the investment of time and money on your part.
Learn If a Tummy Tuck Is Right for You
If a tummy tuck is recommended, you can trust you are in good hands. The cosmetic procedure is one of Dr. Burns’ core specialties. He has performed more than 500 abdominoplasties over the past 25 years. Deciding to undergo any cosmetic surgery is a personal decision that should not be undertaken lightly. From your first consultation until the last day of your recovery, Dr. Burns and our staff will be there to guide you along the way. To learn more about the benefits of a tummy tuck, contact our office online or call (361) 576-1975.