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Do you want a flat tummy but can’t seem to get it with sit-ups? If you have too much flab or excess skin in your abdomen that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise, you could be considering a “tummy tuck,” also known as “abdominoplasty.”
Tummy tuck surgery flattens the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and strengthening abdominal muscles. It’s not the same as liposuction. However, you can undergo liposuction and a tummy tuck together. The tummy tuck is a serious procedure, so if you’re thinking about it, you should have all the details before deciding.
Who Are the Best Tummy Tuck Candidates?
Men and women in good health are candidates for a tummy tuck. Women who have had many pregnancies may benefit from the surgery to tighten their abdominal muscles and reduce skin.
Surgery is also an option for men and women who were obese in the past and still have significant excess fat or loose skin around the abdomen.
How to Get Ready for a Tummy Tuck
The initial step is to choose a surgeon and schedule a consultation with them. You’ll discuss your goals and the following possibilities at that meeting. (For more detailed information about the surgery, visit our Abdominoplasty page)
- If you smoke, your doctor will ask you to stop smoking for at least two weeks prior to the surgery and two weeks afterward. Don’t try a dramatic diet change before the surgery. Consume meals that are well-balanced and complete. A nutritious diet may assist you in your recovery.
- Tell your doctor about all of your medications, supplements, and herbal remedies. For a period of time before and after surgery, your surgeon may advise you to stop taking certain drugs.
- Prepare your home for surgery before you have it. You will need the following items:
– Packs of ice
– Clothing that is loose, comfy, and easy to put on and take off.
– Jelly made of petroleum
– Bathroom chair and hand-held shower head
- After the surgery, you’ll need someone to drive you home. You will also need someone to stay with you for at least the first night if you live alone.