Tummy tuck surgery is one of the most popular body contouring procedures performed in the U.S. and in the premier Greenwich plastic surgery practice of Dr. Sandra Margoles. The esteemed surgeon is often asked by patients when the right time to have the procedure is. The truth is, the ideal time to have tummy tuck, or any plastic surgery procedure, is when you feel ready. This being said, there are several factors that can ensure successful results. In this blog post, Dr. Margoles discusses when tummy tuck surgery is most appropriate.
You Are Close to Your Ideal Weight
Contrary to what many believe, tummy tuck surgery is not a weight loss tool. The procedure removes loose skin and, if necessary, small pockets of fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. Patients who wish to lose a large amount of weight should do so via diet and exercise or weight loss surgery instead of, or prior to, seeking tummy tuck.
You Are Done Having Children
Although tummy tuck is safe to have before having children, Dr. Margoles recommends that women wait to undergo the procedure until after they are finished having children. This is because the weight gain associated with pregnancy can stretch the skin and muscles on abdomen and potentially reverse the cosmetic effects of tummy tuck.
You Have Time to Recover
Following tummy tuck surgery, rest is a must and patients must avoid strenuous activity (including exercise and lifting objects heavier than 10 pounds) for one to two weeks. Because your body will be sore and your movement will be limited, you will need to request time off work and enlist help from a loved one. Resuming normal activities too soon after surgery can sabotage your results and even lead to complications. If you are not able to take enough time off your regular routine or do not have someone to help you while you recover, it is best you postpone your procedure.
Learn More about Tummy Tuck from Dr. Margoles
It is important to note that these are general guidelines to keep in mind when considering tummy tuck surgery. During a private consultation, Dr. Margoles can determine whether you are an appropriate candidate as well as make her recommendations on when to have the procedure done. To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, please contact our Greenwich practice today by calling (203) 869-2939.