• 30 April 2016

Celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Anna Nicole Smith, Britney spears, Tara Reid and Kate Gosselin have gotten bikini ready after shedding tones of excess skin and fat through this procedure (not all will admit it though).

But, even celebs have had a fairly tough time due to botched up procedures or complications and have felt the need to undergo a revision or maybe even additional procedures. Imagine waking up without a belly button! That by the way has happened too. Cutting to the chase, undoubtedly people have their light bulb moments after coming across flawless celebrity outcomes or bumping into someone flaunting their bodies in their social circle. But wouldn’t it be senseless to consider such sights convincing enough to expect ending up with the exact same look? How well a procedure turns out in your favor depends on how well you fulfill its criteria. In simple words, one of the best predictors of a successful procedure is how well you are suited for it. And guess who is going to assess that? Precisely! A board certified plastic surgeon (experienced enough obviously). This probably also highlights the importance of your consultation process during which you will figure out if you’re really suited for the procedure or not and the surgeon takes into consideration the factors that together have a huge impact on the surgery’s outcome and eventually the quality of life.

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Is tummy tuck for me?

Over the years abdominoplasty aka Tummy Tuck Miami aka the ultimate Mommy Makeover Miami has gained immense popularity. According to American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s 2008 cosmetic surgery national data bank, there has been an increase of 333% in abdominoplasty procedures since 1977 [1]. Also, the procedure was on the list of top 5 most performed surgeries in the year 2013. Now that is some crazy popularity. The idea of abdominoplasty often kicks in when people fail to gain the desired body shape through diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes. A tip for such people; please don’t stop exercising or making dietary modifications even if you’ve decided to go for the procedure because getting down to your ideal weight before going under the knife is highly recommended. Trust me! You’ll be getting the best result ever (terms and conditions apply). The very first consultation with your doctor will give you a clear picture of what an ideal candidate for tummy tuck looks like. You’ll find your surgeon discussing many issues, examining you thoroughly and ordering lab investigations to assess if you’re fit to undergo the procedure. At the end of the session your surgeon will have a fair idea of your;

  • Past medical history highlighting;
  • Previous pregnancies
  • Previous surgical procedures (including laparoscopic procedures)
  • History of weight gain as well as weight loss
  • Future pregnancy plans
  • Existing co-morbid conditions including;
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Severe heart disease
  • History of thromboembolic conditions.
  • Wound problems arising from infections or any other connective tissue disorder
  • Smoking status
  • Routine of exercise;
  • Frequency
  • Type of exercise
  • Aesthetic goals
  • Understanding with respect to scars as a result of the procedure
  • Understanding of the time that would be required for your complete look to be revealed

Pregnancy and weight loss related discussions are extremely important because if you’re planning either of them you’d be asked to postpone the procedure. Yet another critical aspect of tummy tuck is addressing the patient’s expectations since most of us land in a doctor’s office under the influence of the media, which means we have a celebrity as our ideal/target/goal. An experienced board certified surgeon who has been doing the job for quite some time will zero in on the fact that removal of excess skin and fat merely won’t result in a flat abdomen if the actual cause is a large omentum (visceral peritoneal fold), which can only be treated with diet and exercise. A heads up for all the Beer-Bellies (people with intraperitoneal fat), if your surgeon says that your fat is concentrated inside the musculature and can be treated with tummy tuck then you might need to begin the surgeon hunt again. Abdominoplasty only takes care of the fat outside musculature. It’s of utmost importance for you to understand that this might end up being a hip to hip surgery as well. Multiparous women with striae on their tummy can be relieved because skin tightening results in disappearance of striae, but please, you shouldn’t be expecting a transformation into the woman you saw in the magazine. Mentioning pregnancy again and again doesn’t in any way rule out the possibility of men undergoing tummy tuck. Coming back to the physical examination, it  should involve;

  • Documentation of location of all scars
  • Assessment of presence of abdominal hernias
  • Assessment of diastasis of rectus muscle
  • Assessment of condition and strength of abdominal wall
  • BMI
  • Height and weight (within normal limits)
  • Evaluation of skin of abdominal wall including;
  • Amount of skin
  • Quality of skin
  • Elasticity of skin

Whether you need anabdominoplasty, mini abdominoplasty or belt lipectomy is a decision taken by your surgeon after getting done with the history and examinations. Some surgeons may ask you to lie down, observing if the abdominal wall flattens or not. If it does, the bulk is external to the musculature and body contouring is the answer. But this will also be followed by skin elasticity evaluation. However, if it doesn’t, then it’s inside the abdomen and body contouring is not the answer. While undoubtedly the decision to undergo a cosmetic procedure is personal, there are a number of reasons for which people opt for tummy tuck. You make an ideal candidate especially if you’re a non-smoker who’s in good health and has realistic expectations with respect to the outcome and moreover has a little idea of the post-operative recovery issues as well and also can relate with one or more of the following points;

  • Abdominal wall laxity (especially from belly button down to supra pubic region)
  • Excess skin or fat in middle and lower half of abdomen that doesn’t respond to dietary changes as well as exercise, despite bringing you close to your ideal body weight.
  • Excess skin that sags
  • Excess fat concentrated in abdomen
  • Disproportionate or protruding abdomen or a belly that sticks out.
  • Diastasis (separation) of rectus muscle or weakened muscles
  • An ability to tolerate effects of anesthesia

With loads of options just a click away, it wouldn’t be surprising to end up even more confused after going through your thorough internet research. You may still be wondering about which procedure to go for. A list of indications that lets you have an idea whether you’re a good candidate or not is the best way to declutter your mind and zero in on the important points. Well, if you’re still in doubt, then please feel free to contact us and learn more how the procedure can help you in getting a firmer and flatter abdomen and change what you don’t like about your look.


[1] American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). 2008 Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank. ASAPS Web site.