Tummy Tuck Surgery - Abdominoplasty
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Men and women alike can enjoy the benefits of a tummy tuck. But certain conditions constitute ideal candidates, good candidates and patients who should seek alternative treatments.
The ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery are patients in relatively good physical shape, but have excess skin or fat in the abdominal area that is resistant to exercise. This includes the laxity of underlying muscles due to pregnancy which makes it very difficult for mothers to return their abdominal area to a flat appearance. For these women, the skin and muscles have stretched beyond the point where they can naturally return to their normal location and shape.
Other candidates can include patients who have lost a lot of weight and have excess skin in the abdominal area. The normal aging process can also cause skin to sag or lose elasticity, making many older patients excellent tummy tuck candidates.
Good candidates understand the procedure and have realistic expectations. The repair and tightening of the abdominal muscles, along with the removal of the excess skin, may greatly improve body contour and appearance. Improved appearance may increase self-confidence and may change the way others interact with you. However, the surgery cannot bring back your youth or create the ideal figure. There is also no guarantee that other people will treat you differently after surgery.