Good Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery

July 05, 2019

Losing weight can change your body in unexpected ways. Loose skin, hanging flab, and stretch marks are common, and they often require professional attention. Many patients in the Atlanta, GA area have contacted board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marcus H. Crawford to find out how to get rid of this loose skin.

The tummy tuck is the ideal option for removing unwanted abdominal skin and stretch marks. Let’s cover some of the basics of the surgery and then discuss who is an ideal candidate for this body contouring procedure.

About Tummy Tuck Surgery

The tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a body contouring surgery that is designed to remove loose and sagging skin following weight loss. The procedure can help smooth away stretch marks as well.

During the procedure, three anchor-shaped incisions are made:

  • One circular incision around the belly button
  • One horizontal incision along the lower abdomen spanning from one hipbone to the other
  • One vertical incision that connects the previous two

Using these incisions, a plastic surgeon can adjust underlying structures of the abdominal region, remove unwanted pockets of fat, and tighten the loose skin of the belly.

Great After Losing Lots of Weight Naturally

Losing lots of weight is great for your health, though it can lead to major changes to the appearance of your body. Loose skin is common for obese people who have dedicated themselves to exercise and healthy eating. While some of that loose skin will shrink around your slimmer frame, the rest of it can only be removed through tummy tuck and body contouring procedures.

Excellent After Undergoing Bariatric Surgery

Some patients lose weight by undergoing bariatric surgery, such as a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve. These procedures can result in rapid and dramatic weight loss, which is great for overall wellness but results in loose skin. Getting a tummy tuck and other body lift procedures can slim down a patient’s frame and improve overall body contour.

Ideal for Women After Pregnancy and Childbirth

Pregnancy can childbirth can take their toll on a woman’s body, resulting in a stretched out abdominal region and stretch marks. A tummy tuck after giving birth can help remove those unwanted marks and tighten the tummy to the way it was prior to pregnancy. A tummy tuck may be part of a mommy makeover, which targets all the problem areas of the body following the birth of a baby.

Patients Are in Good Overall Health

Since tummy tuck is a major surgery, it’s crucial that patients be in good overall health. They should not suffer from any medical conditions that would make the tummy tuck a potential risk to general wellness. We can assess your health and suitability for surgery during the consultation process.

Patients Understand the Risks and Benefits

Before undergoing any sort of surgical procedure, it’s important that patients be aware of the risks and benefits that are involved. This gives patients a realistic expectations about surgery and the recovery process. It’s also important since there will be scarring after surgery.

Schedule a Consultation for Tummy Tuck

To learn more about advanced body contouring and sculpting techniques, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon. Dr. Marcus H. Crawford is here to offer his insight and expertise.

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