Am I a Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Even people who are physically fit and maintain the average weight for their body type can develop a protruding abdomen or loose, sagging skin affecting the abdominal area. The most common causes of this include the natural aging process, genetics, pregnancy, previous surgery, and significant fluctuations in weight. A tummy tuck can often be a good option to address these effects on the abdomen. Patients who have diastasis recti may also benefit from a tummy tuck procedure. Diastasis recti is a common condition caused by weakening of the abdominal musculature, leading to a protuberance. This is addressed in a tummy tuck through tightening of the muscles, which not only improves contour and shape but also decreases back pain and improves the dynamics of the torso.
While a tummy tuck is not designed to be a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise, it can be a helpful tool for individuals who simply cannot achieve the abdominal contours they desire through traditional means. Ideal candidates for this procedure are typically women and men who are in relatively good general health and would like to attain a flatter, firmer, more contoured look in the abdominal region.
Dr. Som will talk with you about your needs and goals in the initial consultation and help you determine whether tummy tuck surgery is the best option for you.