The tummy tuck is one of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery performed in the United States today. It is a tried and true cosmetic enhancement that can bring back the contour and shapely appearance you once enjoyed. While abdominoplasty is one of the more popular procedures, it's not for everyone. During the consultation process, Dr. Richard L. Kofkoff will determine if a patient meets the St. Louis tummy tuck candidacy requirements.
So, how do you know if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck? There are several determining factors that will help you decide if this procedure is right for you. The ideal candidate is in relatively good general health, but has an excess of skin and fatty deposits in the abdominal area that is resistant to regular exercise and diet.
Reasons for a Tummy Tuck
In some cases, the laxity of the underlying abdominal muscles is the result of pregnancy. Once you have gone through pregnancy, it becomes extremely difficult to get your abdomen to return to the flat appearance it once had. This is because the skin and muscles have stretched beyond the point where they can naturally bounce back with regular exercise.
Other St. Louis tummy tuck candidates have lost a large amount of weight due to gastric bypass surgery or through diet and exercise. In these cases, there is a large amount of excess skin that hangs loosely in the abdominal area. An abdominoplasty can be preformed to remove this excess skin and tighten the underlying abdominal muscles.
A good candidate for a tummy tuck has realistic expectations and is maintaining a reasonably stable weight. Tummy tuck surgery cannot magically create the ideal body shape or help you achieve a body you never had. It can, however, remove excess skin and fat and tighten the muscles in the abdominal area in order to enhance the contour of your abdomen and waist.
An abdominoplasty can help to improve your self-esteem and sense of pride in your appearance. Be sure you are being realistic about your goals for your procedure by discussing every aspect of the procedure thoroughly with Dr. Kofkoff so that you can make an informed decision.
If would like more information about St. Louis tummy tuck candidacy, or to take part in a complete consultation with Dr. Kofkoff, please contact our Missouri plastic surgery office today.