Clothes Don’t Fit? Consider a Tummy Tuck

Aug 01, 2023
 Clothes Don’t Fit? Consider a Tummy Tuck
It’s frustrating when your clothes don’t fit properly, especially if you dedicate time to exercise and eating healthfully. A tummy tuck could be the solution for you. Here’s what you need to know. 

Getting the body shape you want can be a frustrating proposition, and sometimes, regardless of how hard you work, genetics create a barrier. A tummy tuck may be the right procedure to ease your frustration and give you the look you’re working so hard to achieve. 

Dr. Stephen Chen is a highly trained and expert plastic surgeon who can help you understand your options regarding body contouring. One of the most popular procedures he offers is a tummy tuck. In this post, we discuss who is likely to benefit from a tummy tuck and answer some common questions

The best candidate for a tummy tuck 

The medical name for a tummy tuck is an abdominoplasty, and it’s a popular choice. In 2021, according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, 240,000 people had the procedure. But it tends to work best for people who meet certain criteria. 

You exercise regularly, and you’ve got a good nutrition plan. Maybe you’ve lost some weight, but your abdomen isn’t tight or toned. Or, perhaps, you’ve lost significant weight and have loose skin around your abdomen.

Often, post-pregnancy is a good time to consider a tummy tuck because it can help repair the stretched and sagging muscles and skin. You may simply have a protruding belly, regardless of how much you train or attempt to flatten it.

Regardless, Dr. Chen prefers that tummy tuck patients be in overall good health and not be smokers. This will help you recover and enjoy a successful procedure. 

Common questions

Those who are curious about what to expect regarding abdominoplasty often have many questions. Here are answers to some of the most common ones. 

How long is recovery? 

Most people return to work in 1-2 weeks. Dr. Chen and his staff provide individual instructions to each patient based on their specific situations. 

It’s important to follow all care instructions carefully and not rush your recovery. It’s better to go slower and recover completely than to try and get back to your normal activities too quickly. 

How will I look? 

Dr. Chen will ensure you understand what you can expect following your procedure, but the answer is that you’ll look tighter, more toned, and smoother. You’ll have the silhouette you’ve always wanted.

How soon after pregnancy can I have a tummy tuck? 

We recommend waiting at least 6 to 12 months after having a baby before considering a tummy tuck. This time gives your body time to heal following pregnancy before it needs to heal from surgery.

Next steps

Are you ready to learn more about what a tummy tuck can do for you? We know that you’ll be happier with the way your jeans fit! 

Schedule your appointment today for a consultation with Dr. Chen to determine if you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck.