You’ve done your research and looked at the before and after pictures. You’ve decided that you want a smooth, sculpted abdomen and realized that a tummy tuck is the best way to meet your appearance goals. But there’s more to any cosmetic procedure than deciding to go for it.
There are several things to consider when scheduling your tummy tuck. When’s the best time for your procedure? Keep reading for five ways to know.
1. You Know the Types of Tummy Tucks
There are three different types of tummy tucks (or abdominoplasty).
- A mini tummy tuck involves the lower abdomen. During a mini tummy tuck, excess skin and fat are removed from this area. This results in a smooth lower stomach. Abdominal muscles aren’t repaired during a mini tummy tuck.
- A traditional tummy tuck includes the removal of excess skin and fat and the repair of the abdominal muscles. This type of abdominoplasty is often combined with liposuction.
- During an extended tummy tuck, excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen, hips, thighs, and back. Muscles in those areas are repaired and toned. This procedure is a great choice for those who have lost a large amount of weight.
2. You’re Near Your Goal Weight
Weight fluctuations can change your results. You’ll get the best results from your tummy tuck if your weight is stable and you’re at or near your goal weight. If you want to lose a significant amount of weight, it’s best if you wait to schedule your procedure.
3. Your Family is Complete
Pregnancy after your tummy tuck can stretch your abdominal skin out and undo your results. Wait until you’re done having children and your family is complete before undergoing a tummy tuck. This will allow you to enjoy your flat stomach for as long as possible. Tummy tucks can also remove c-section scars, which is another incentive to wait until after your final pregnancy.
4. You’re Mentally Prepared
Before your tummy tuck, it’s important to have realistic expectations. Like other cosmetic procedures, a tummy tuck will make you look like a sleeker, more sculpted version of yourself, but it won’t make you look like anyone else. Prepare for your procedure by doing research and asking your surgeon any questions you have. Preparing mentally is almost as important as preparing physically.
5. You’re Ready for Recovery
To get your best results, you’ll need time after your tummy tuck to rest and heal. It’s challenging to ensure you get enough downtime while caring for young children. After your tummy tuck, your healing will include restrictions on the amount of weight you can lift and carry. If you have young children, you’ll need someone who can help you take care of them while you recover.