If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight or given birth a few times, the skin of your abdomen may be loose and puckered no matter how many hours you put in at the gym or how carefully you watch your diet.

Loose skin is largely determined by your age and genetics. If you aren’t happy with your midsection because of saggy, wrinkly skin, a tummy tuck may be just the right solution.

The Surgical Procedure

A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is a fairly straightforward procedure designed to remove excess skin so that the remaining skin fits you like a well-tailored suit.

While you are under general anesthesia, the skin will be tightened and your belly button is repositioned. Treatment time may vary, and most patients may be able to return to work in two weeks. It may take about a month for a full recovery.

Preparing for a Tummy Tuck

Ideally, you want to be within a few pounds of your goal weight. If there is so much excess flesh that you can’t tell if there is more fat to lose, the surgeon can advise you.

Before surgery, you will also want to ask a trusted friend or family member to be your support person. You’ll need a ride home after surgery and someone may need to help you with bathing and dressing for the first few days.

The Ideal Candidate

In addition to being at your goal weight, you’ll also want to be as healthy as possible. If you smoke, you’ll need to quit before surgery because smoking impairs the body’s ability to heal properly.

If you have any diseases that affect your breathing, mobility or healing, speak to the physician before your tummy tuck to ensure your condition won’t compromise your surgical results.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you have loose, puckered, unflattering skin on your abdomen, it’s quite likely no amount of diet and exercise will correct it. A tummy tuck can give you the tight, toned look you want.

To discuss your case, contact Cosmetic Plastic Surgery of Maryland today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you meet your cosmetic goals.