A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin from the abdomen and give you a flat, taut stomach. Excess skin can be caused by weight loss, pregnancy or simple aging, and our skin elasticity is dictated largely by your genetics. This means that diet and exercise alone won't always tighten your skin, which is why tummy tucks are among the most popular plastic surgery procedures in North America. If you are curious as to the whether or not you'd be a good candidate for a tummy tuck, there are several factors to consider.
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Your Schedule and Time Commitments Making a full recovery from a tummy tuck takes an average of four weeks. As with any average, your own timeline may be longer or shorter, depending on your body, schedule and expectations. For example, a person who works at a desk from home may be able to return to work after only two to three weeks, while someone who works in construction may need four weeks or more to have the stamina and energy necessary for work. Ideally, you should take off two to three weeks from work. Your Weight Since a tummy tuck removes the excess abdominal skin and fat, the last thing you want to do is gain or lose a large amount of weight after your surgery. Ideally, you will be at a stable, healthy weight for at least six months before your surgery. This gives your skin time to 'snap back' as much as it can on its own and allow you to achieve optimal surgical results. Your Overall Health While no one is perfect, you do want to be in good general health before consenting to any surgical procedure. If you have chronic health issues, such as diabetes or asthma, talk to Dr. Katzen about your desire for a tummy tuck. There may be lifestyle and medication changes that could make surgery safer for you. Your History with Surgical Procedures If you have had extremely adverse reactions to anesthetic in the past or have had issues with healing, a tummy tuck may not be a good idea. Of course, this will depend on why you were having issues. If you are considering a tummy tuck procedure or have questions about your candidacy, call today and schedule an appointment with us at the office of Dr. Timothy Katzen. We are committed to helping our clients achieve their aesthetic goals and would be delighted to review your case.