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When is the Best Time to Get a Tummy Tuck?


Posted April 15, 2022 in Tummy Tuck

The right time in life to have abdominoplasty is different for every individual. When to have a tummy tuck depends on your lifestyle, current circumstances and your plans for the future. Dr. Scott Green is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Sacramento specializing in body contouring procedures, such as abdominoplasty and liposuction. He can help you decide if you’re ready to transform your figure.

What is Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)?

Abdominoplasty, also know as a  “tummy tuck”, is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgeries in the United States. The procedure removes loose skin and stubborn fat from the abdomen and repairs abdominal muscles that have stretched or separated (diastasis recti) during pregnancy or significant weight gain.

Many women look to a tummy tuck to improve the “c-section shelf,” hanging skin, stretch marks or a “mommy pooch.” Recent research suggests that tummy tuck with muscle repair can improve low back pain and urinary incontinence in postpartum women.

Abdominoplasty is often combined with breast surgery and liposuction for a mommy makeover.

Factors to Consider Before Tummy Tuck

If you are a woman considering tummy tuck, you will want to ask yourself whether you have plans to grow your family. A future pregnancy can affect your tummy tuck results; however, the previous abdominoplasty should not complicate pregnancy. There are other factors to consider about the timing of your tummy tuck, including:

Your Overall Health

Your overall well-being is crucial to the success of your procedure. If you have a systemic disease, such as diabetes, you will want to make sure the condition is well-managed and may need to discuss your cosmetic plans with your treating physician. If you are in good overall health you may be a great candidate for plastic surgery.

Reach and Maintain a Stable Weight

Tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution, and you will want to establish a healthy lifestyle before your procedure. Candidates for tummy tuck should be at or as close to their goal weight as possible.

Your Job Responsibilities and Time Off

Abdominoplasty may require you to take up to two weeks away from work. You will need to make sure you have the time available for the recovery process, so it doesn’t interfere with your job responsibilities. Healing is a crucial component of your tummy tuck results.

Personal Commitments

Many people choose to have abdominoplasty in the winter months when social events have slowed down, and they have additional days away from work. If you have small children, you may need to line up help during your recovery to avoid straining your body while you heal.

Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation in Sacramento

If you struggle with loose abdominal skin, stubborn fat and outstretched abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck may be right for you. Contact Dr. Scott Green in Sacramento to schedule your consultation today.