A beautifully contoured midsection is almost always a goal for many. However, it’s not that easy of a goal to achieve. Here at our Encino cosmetic surgery practice, we have received visits from men and women who have done almost everything — from diet to exercise — to achieve a flatter and firmer midsection only to end up with loose, sagging abdominal skin. Every so often, a tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) is the procedure of choice for this specific type of concern.
The Best Candidate for a Tummy Tuck
Not everyone can opt to have a tummy tuck procedure. First of all, it should be noted that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure but rather a body contouring procedure designed to remove abdominal skin and fat as well as tighten the underlying abdominal muscles. If you find yourself with stubborn pockets of abdominal fat, liposuction may be done before the tummy tuck. However, it is crucial that you try a combination of diet and exercise first before exploring both liposuction and a tummy tuck.
Second, you need to be in excellent physical shape, devoid of existing medical conditions. If you currently have certain conditions or illnesses, it may be best to have them under control first.
Lastly, if you have plans of giving birth in the future, it may be best to wait to have a tummy tuck until you have decided not to have a child anymore. The abdominal muscles that will be tightened during a tummy tuck may most likely re-separate during childbirth.
If you’d like to learn more about a tummy tuck here at our practice, we encourage you to get in touch with us for an initial consultation. Call us at 818.380.3130 or fill out this contact form to set up an appointment.