Tummy tuck, abdominoplasty contraindications

29th Jun 2017

Sometimes it is not enough to just follow a strict diet and exercise regimen to achieve a flat and firm tummy, especially when you reach a certain age or after multiple pregnancies. This is why many seek plastic surgery interventions, more specifically the tummy tuck to address this problem.
Abdominoplasty is a plastic surgery intervention that enhances the abdominal area. The procedure not only reshapes the entire abdominal area by removing excess fat, surplus skin, but it also restructures and re-strengthens the muscles on the abdominal wall that may have been distended after pregnancy.
However, like all plastic surgery interventions, the tummy tuck is not for everyone.
The following are some of the contraindications of the tummy tuck procedure:
− The patient wants to get pregnant again in the future. If the patient plans on having another baby sooner than a year after the tummy tuck, they are advised to wait until after childbirth to have the procedure. Even if the pregnancy occurs more than a year after the surgery, the aesthetic results can be negatively affected as muscle diastasis can occur again.

− The patient desires to lose more weight after the procedure. The tummy tuck eliminates the sagginess of the skin on the abdomen that may have been caused exactly by weight fluctuations in the first place. If the patient plans on losing more weight, then the procedure should be postponed until the patient reaches their goal or normal weight.

− The patient has unrealistic expectations from the procedure, wherein they believe that the tummy tuck will give them the perfect silhouette. The reality is that a traditional tummy tuck will only give you a firmer abdomen, and potentially a Spongebob figure. Thus, it does not drastically affect your overall silhouette. For this reason, the hourglass tummy tuck using fat transfer to the hips and liposuction may be the solution for you as it creates an appealing hourglass shape.

− The patient is not willing to accept that there will be scars left after the procedure.

− The patient had a surgical intervention recently in the abdominal area.

− The patient can’t give up smoking, not even for a few weeks before and after the procedure.
The tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure that will excise the surplus skin and fat tissue that can occur due to several causes. Keep in mind that the procedure is not recommended for people who are in poor health conditions, prone to infections, have severe or chronic illnesses or want to use the procedure as a weight loss method. As a result, there are many factors to consider before going through this procedure.

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