Signs You Should Consider a Tummy Tuck

March 24, 2020
A woman's midriff

A skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Marcus H. Crawford can achieve stunning results that look completely natural. It’s a mix of proper training and years of experience enhancing facial aesthetics and complementing the contours of the body. Helping patients throughout the Atlanta and Marietta, GA area is what makes our work rewarding.

Of all the surgeries we perform, the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can yield some of the most dramatic transformations. You may wonder if a tummy tuck is right for you. Below are some signs that you should undergo a tummy tuck to revitalize your figure.

You’ve Lost a Lot of Weight

Losing weight is good for your long-term well being, particularly if you are obese or morbidly obese. Major weight loss leads to a lot of loose skin, however, and it can drape over your sides and the rest of your body.

This is the natural elasticity of our skin: it can stretch to accommodate added body weight, but your skin won’t completely shrink to your slimmer frame after major weight loss. The only way to get rid of this unwanted skin is to undergo cosmetic surgery.

You’ve Undergone Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss

Many people undergo bariatric surgery procedures to lose weight rapidly and safely. The gastric bypass and gastric sleeve are effective, but they also lead to loose skin and a sagging frame.

If you undergo bariatric surgery, timing for your tummy tuck will be crucial. Usually the surgery will be performed some time after your first full year of weight loss. This can be discussed as part of a tummy tuck consultation.

You Suffer from Major Stretch Marks

People who have lost a lot of weight will notice stretch marks in addition to loose skin. These are also a natural effect of weight gain and weight loss, and also a sign of the skin’s natural elasticity. A tummy tuck can help remove the loose skin and stretch marks from your abdominal area.

To remove all of the loose skin and stretch marks from your stomach, trunk, and extremities, you may want to consider a total body lift. This combines the tummy tuck with other body sculpting and contouring procedures to revise your overall figure.

You’ve Been Pregnant and Given Birth

Just like weight gain and weight loss, pregnancy and childbirth can stretch out the abdominal skin and leave you with plenty of stretch marks. Some mothers may not be able to restore the appearance of their stomach after they’ve had their baby.

A tummy tuck can make a major difference for a mother’s appearance, slimming down the stomach significantly. It may be a good idea to undergo a mommy makeover, which revises a mother’s overall body contour. This is a great way to get your pre-pregnancy body back.

Learn More About Tummy Tuck Surgery

If you think a tummy tuck is ideal for you and would like to learn more, be sure to contact a board-certified plastic surgeon. Our team is here to help you look your best and feel good about your appearance.

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