A bulging belly, pain in back, hips and feet, plus excess skin hanging loose around the tummy. These are all issues that could be resolved with a tummy tuck. But there are actually certain times when an abdominoplasty might not be the solution for you.
If you are in bad health or too overweight
Although a tummy tuck is best combined with a liposuction – in addition to restoring separated abdominal muscles and removing excess skin – it should not be considered as an alternative for weight loss. If you are excessively overweight, or if you don’t feel that you are in a reasonable good health, an abdominoplasty could be a difficult procedure and might not be recommended for you. In order to get help restoring your separated stomach muscles with surgery, you might need to lose some weight on your own at first.
In good health, you will be more prone to handle the recovery period in a way that will maximize your healing. Remember that a tummy tuck is a quite advanced procedure and you would want to feel strong and ready for it, both physically and psychologically.
If you’re planning future pregnancies
When done right, an abdominoplasty will change your tummy in a striking way. To get the best results from the surgery, and make sure they last, it is recommended for you as a woman to feel done with your family formation. No matter if you are seriously planning a pregnancy, or if you are uncertain of wanting a child sometime in the future – you should wait with your abdominoplasty until afterwards.
This is recommended since the results from your tummy tuck undoubtedly will be affected by a pregnancy where the belly grows fast from inside and put a pressure on the abdominal muscles.
If you have unrealistic expectations
As with any other larger aesthetic surgery, such as a breast surgery or a rhinoplasty, you should only go through an abdominoplasty if you have realistic expectations of the outcome. To help with this, it’s important for you to have a consultation with a plastic surgeon. He or she will inform you about your options, and can also give you a better view and understanding of a possible outcome. If this is incompatible with your expectations, or if they are unrealistic, you should not go forth with the operation. It’s best to have an clear understanding about your case and the future results of an abdominoplasty, so that you won’t regret your decision.
If you are wondering whether abdominoplasty may or may not be a good solution for you, please feel free to contact us at the Aesthetic Institute in Dublin, Ireland.
You can also download our guide “5 important questions to ask yourself and the clinic before abdominoplasty” to learn more about what to ask yourself before a tummy tuck.