When Is the Best Time for a Tummy Tuck?

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Tummy tucks, otherwise known as abdominoplasties, are cosmetic surgery procedures that reshape the abdomen for a slimmer, more toned look. One of the most popular procedures in the U.S., nearly 3,000 procedures are performed every week.

If you’ve been considering getting a tummy tuck, you may be wondering about the timing of the procedure. Let’s take a look at things you need to consider from your lifestyle habits to the recovery time of the procedure.

It’s Time for a Tummy Tuck When You’re a Good Candidate

Age is typically not a restriction for getting a cosmetic surgical procedure. Rather, what is of utmost importance are the health factors. For one, you need to be in good enough physical health that complications won’t arise during the procedure or after, while you recover. Smoking, obesity, and other health complications can make you a poor candidate.

Another thing to consider with candidacy when it comes to tummy tucks is your weight. Those at a stable weight are better candidates than those who are continuing to lose weight or expecting to gain weight, such as through pregnancy. This is because tummy tucks often remove excess skin and weight loss or gain may affect your skin.

Should you undergo bodily changes that either stretch the skin or cause it to sag, you may even require another tummy tuck. Being at a consistent weight can give you the best, longest-lasting results.

Consider Recovery to Determine the Best Time for a Tummy Tuck

Though the procedure itself may take anywhere from three to eight hours, recovery from the procedure can take a few weeks. During the first few days, it may be uncomfortable and painful for you to resume your daily routine. Throughout your recovery time, wearing certain clothing, such as tight-fitting items, is not recommended.

Because of these restrictions, undergoing the procedure when you have social obligations or need to be performing strenuous activities, is not recommended. Expect to need at least two weeks of recovery before being able to return to work.

Schedule a Consultation With Eric S. Schaffer

Regardless of when you schedule your tummy tuck procedure, the most important part of the surgery is who you decide to work with. You need someone knowledgeable and capable.

Dr. Eric Schaffer has been chosen as Texas Super Doctor by Texas Weekly numerous times over the years and is consistently recognized as one of the best plastic surgeons in the San Antonio area.

If you want a personable, patient consultation with an expert surgeon, call our offices at 210-227-3223 to schedule an appointment.

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