Everyone wants a flat stomach, but many factors can get in the way of that goal, no matter how hard you work out and how clean your diet is. Excess skin and stubborn fat are the most common roadblocks to the stomach of your dreams, but they don’t have to be. At Nuance Cosmetic Surgery in Folsom, CA, we can offer a tummy tuck procedure to help you achieve your flat stomach goals.
Thanks to the tummy tuck, a flat stomach is completely within your reach, and you won’t have to do extra crunches or severely limit your caloric intake to get it. This procedure will not only increase your self-confidence, but it will help you look and feel better in your clothes and make going to the beach or the pool much less intimidating.
What Qualifies You for a Tummy Tuck?
If you’re unhappy with how your abdomen looks, you may, in fact, qualify as a candidate for a tummy tuck. However, not everyone chooses this procedure for the same reasons.
Some people are unhappy that they have excess skin, others want to remove excess fat and address excess skin, while others want to address both excess skin and fat and repair their abdominal wall muscles. Whatever the case, we have a solution and can create a personalized treatment plan to help you get the results you want.
You’re in Good Health
The number one qualifier for this procedure is that you are in good health. Being healthy is important for any elective or non-elective surgery, especially one that requires anesthesia. Therefore, if you are in good health, you will make an ideal candidate for this procedure.
Being in good health means you are at a relatively healthy weight, have no significant health conditions that could affect the outcome of your procedure, and are not a smoker. If you smoke, you will need to refrain from doing so for at least six weeks before and after your procedure.
You Have Loose Skin
One of the main reasons patients choose to undergo this procedure is to address loose skin. Loose skin results from many different factors, including genetics, fluctuations in weight, and pregnancy, among others. Still, one thing remains: loose skin makes you feel self-conscious and can be very unattractive. This procedure effectively removes excess skin to tighten and tone the entire midsection, so you never have to deal with that loose skin again.
You Have Excess Fat
If, in addition to excess skin, you have a significant amount of stubborn fat in your midsection that is causing you concern, this procedure can address it using liposuction. Once the stubborn fat is removed from your abdomen, you will never have to worry about it again. Fat cells cannot regrow once removed, so you will experience a significant decrease in the total fat volume in the area once your procedure is over.
You’ve Experienced One or Multiple Pregnancies
One of the negative effects of pregnancy is that it does stretch out the skin. Additionally, it affects the abdominal muscles and can lead to a significant separation called diastasis recti. If your midsection is not what it once was due to one or multiple pregnancies, this procedure will help you get your pre-baby body back. However, women are typically advised to wait until they are done nursing and done having children to undergo this procedure.
Experiencing a pregnancy after undergoing a tummy tuck will stretch the newly tightened skin and separate the muscles in your abdomen, so it is important that you plan your procedure accordingly.
You’ve Experienced a Significant Weight Loss
Whenever you undergo weight loss surgery or lose a significant amount of weight rapidly, loose skin will result. With weight gain comes the skin’s ability to adapt by stretching to accommodate extra fat. When you lose that fat, the loose skin remains.
This can also result in stretch marks which are very difficult to treat with topical products alone. If your midsection has loose skin as a result of significant weight loss, this procedure can address it, correct it, and help you regain your confidence in your appearance.
You’re Unhappy With the Appearance of Your Midsection
If multiple factors, including excess skin, excess fat, and abdominal separation, have caused you to feel dissatisfied with how your midsection looks, you are most likely a candidate who qualifies for this procedure. This procedure will help you regain your confidence and finally feel satisfied with the appearance of your midsection. You will be able to finally wear those clothes that you may have never to dared to wear before the procedure.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
The technical term for a tummy tuck is abdominoplasty. This is a procedure designed to lift, tighten, and tone the midsection by addressing and restructuring the abdominal muscles, reducing excess fat, and eliminating excess skin. The result is a flat, tightened, and toned stomach that no longer protrudes forward.
Not only will you look better, but you will also feel better, and your clothes will fit better. You’ll have increased confidence in the appearance of your stomach, which can make all the difference in how you feel about your appearance.
How Does It Work?
A typical abdominoplasty takes a few hours to complete. This process begins with an initial consultation with our surgeon. During this consultation, we will discuss the areas you want to treat, analyze those problem areas in person, and confirm that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Once we confirm your candidacy, we will schedule your appointment.
During the procedure, our surgeon will follow your treatment plan and take the necessary steps to help you reach your desired outcome. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat. We will also remove any excess skin, and then the remaining tissue will be pulled tight. Once your surgery is complete, you will be ready to begin the recovery process.
What Kind of Recovery Should I Expect?
Despite what you may think, it is important that you get up and move around during your recovery period so that you can help your body heal as quickly as possible and you can get into a normal daily routine. We advise patients to avoid physical activity for ten days post-op. You should avoid all forms of heavy lifting and strenuous activity for six weeks post-op.
You will be provided with a complete list of recovery instructions once your procedure is over so that you know exactly what you need to do to help your body heal. You will also be provided with a compression garment post-surgery which will help you maintain comfort and help your body conform to the new contours created during your procedure.
When Will I See My Results?
It will be difficult to notice immediate results in the first few days post-op since you will be beginning the healing process, but your results will be drastic and noticeable. Most patients notice the most visible results after two to three weeks into the recovery process, and those results will continue to improve for up to six months after your surgery is complete.
Am I a Candidate?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are those who have loose skin, excess fat, or are unhappy with the appearance of their abdomen. Whether genetics, pregnancy, weight loss, a previous surgery, or the aging process has caused loose or sagging skin in your abdomen, this procedure can resolve it.
The ideal candidate should have realistic expectations about what this procedure can and cannot do. It is not a substitution for a healthy lifestyle, nor is it a way to lose weight. Those who undergo this procedure must maintain their results by avoiding significant weight fluctuations and maintaining a healthy diet and consistent workout routine to avoid gaining weight, leading to further stretching out the skin.
Get a Flat, Tight, and Toned Midsection the Easy Way
If you live in the Sacramento area and want to finally take a step towards achieving a flat, tight, and toned midsection, we can help. Contact us today at Nuance Cosmetic Surgery, Folsom, CA, and schedule your initial consultation to find out if this procedure is right for you.