The tummy tuck is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States. In fact, there were nearly 130,000 tummy tucks performed in the U.S. last year, a 2 percent increase over the previous year. If you're considering a tummy tuck procedure with Dr. Alqulali, read on to find out how you can benefit from this procedure and have a great experience after your surgery.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to tighten, flatten and reshape the midsection. Many women develop excess fat, tissue, sagging skin and loose abs because of weight loss, aging and pregnancy.
There are several types of tummy tucks available, including the full tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck and the extended tummy tuck. Each procedure has a different end goal and level of invasiveness. To determine which type of tummy tuck is best for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alqulali to discuss your options.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
To determine if you are a good candidate for the tummy tuck procedure, you should be at or near your goal weight, in good health and a non-smoker. Ideal candidates will also have loose, excess skin and fat tissue, protruding or sagging stomach muscles, and realistic expectations of the procedure.
Are There Risks to the Tummy Tuck Procedure?
There are risks to every cosmetic surgery procedure, but with these tips, you can help to reduce your risk of complications:
Stop Smoking - Now. Even if you're not going to have your procedure anytime soon, it is in your best interest to stop smoking. Smoking raises your blood pressure and increases your risk of cancer, but it also decreases vital blood flow to your surgical site, which slows the healing process and increases the risk of scarring and chance of infection.
Follow Doctor's Orders. Before your procedure, Dr. Alqulali will tell you to stop taking certain medications, such as aspirin, to reduce the chance of excessive bleeding. You will also need to take specific medicines before and after your surgery, too. Take your medications as prescribed and follow doctor's orders to rest during your recovery!
Maintain a Healthy Weight. For at least a year before your surgery, you will need to maintain a healthy weight. You also need to maintain a healthy weight after your procedure to not put your results at risk.
Are you interested in the tummy tuck or another body procedure? Call Dr. Alqulali today at 888-716-0559 to schedule a consultation or for more information about our cosmetic surgery offerings.