It has become a world-wide trend; thin is in. Individuals are seeking diets, exercise and medications just to achieve the figure they have always desired. For individuals who have already lost a lot of weight, they are close to their ideal shape but often have sagging and loose unwanted skin. Most of this excess skin is concentrated around the abdomen.
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty can help with this issue by removing the excess skin and fat. A tummy tuck also involves the tightening of the abdominal muscles which have been previously stretched out.
A tummy tuck is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the world. Thousands of tucks are carried out each year in Western countries. However, the cost of a tummy tuck in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom can get very expensive. As a result, increasing numbers of medical tourists are traveling abroad for more affordable treatment.
An increasing number of medical tourist destination are sought after in Latin and Central America, offering tummy tuck, liposuction and other body sculpting surgeries to a multitude of US and European patients.
Tummy tuck in Buenos Aires is one of the most trending body contour treatments in Argentina and Latin America. Mexico is also a key plastic surgery destination in Northern and Central America. Tummy tuck in Mexico is the choice of hundreds of US patients struggling with slack tummies, who wish to tone and contour their abdomen.
Brazil is the land of sultry Latin flavors and flawless bodies; after all, there is an entire plastic surgery treatment named after it: Brazilian butt lift. Surgeons in Brazil also know how to sculpt a toned abdomen to show off while soaking up the sun on one of Sao Paolo's spectacular beaches. Tummy tuck in Brazil provides patients the esthetic contour, transforming their tummy into a flatter, tighter and firmer abdomen.
Abdominoplasty is a treatment that needs to be considered carefully beforehand as there are advantages and disadvantages. Surgery is a relatively traumatic experience for your body and it may take some time to recover from it.
Everyone wants to have a flat, attractive stomach and a tummy tuck is a great way to achieve that.
A good candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who has lost a lot of weight (both males and females) or a woman who has given birth but not been able to regain her former figure. Abdominoplasty is often combined with liposuction so body contours are more aesthetically pleasing.
Are you planning on losing more weight? If yes, wait until you are close to your ideal size before having a tummy tuck. Are you planning on having more children? If yes, you will also need to wait until after giving birth so your body can adjust to all the changes that it has gone through. To be a good candidate for a tummy tuck, your body weight and shape need to be stable.
Who is a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck?
· A male or female who is in good physical shape but has excess fat and skin in their abdominal area
· Someone who feels that their abdomen muscles are loose or have been compromised as a result of weight gain
· A person who has lost a significant amount of weight but can’t seem to get rid of the remaining fat on their abdomen
· Someone who has tried all they can to tone their saggy, excess skin
· A woman who has had their skin and muscles stretched by pregnancy
· A woman who is not planning to have more children (subsequent pregnancies will simply separate the muscles that were tightened during surgery)
· An older patients who has saggy skin as a result of aging
· Someone who understands what is involved with each of the tummy tuck procedures available
· Someone who has realistic expectations of what abdominoplasty can help them achieve and who can also accept the limitations of a tummy tuck
· A patient who is within 30% of their ideal body weight and whose weight has been stable for at least six months
Who is NOT a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck?
· Someone who does not want any scarring. Scarring is a tummy tuck risk and side effect that has to be accepted
· A woman who is planning on having more children. This will compromise their original tummy tuck
· Someone who thinks that a tummy tuck is a weight loss procedure
· A patient who is really unhealthy and/or emotionally unstable
· A patient who is overweight or obese
· Someone who is taking medications that may negatively affect their tummy tuck recovery
· A person who has a condition or illness that will make them a surgical risk
· Someone who isn’t willing to follow the instructions given to them during their tummy tuck preparation
A tummy tuck can help you to finally get the shape you want, especially if you have been working really hard to lose weight for a long time. This is a fairly serious surgical procedure and needs to be treated as such.
Your plastic surgeon will talk to you and examine you to make sure that you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck and not at any unnecessary risk.
Your tummy tuck preparation is an important time. This is when you will do all of your research and talk to professionals about the tummy tuck procedures available to you. The most important thing you will have to do is schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon.
At your first consultation the plastic surgeon will examine your body and talk to you about your reasons for surgery. Be open and honest because it is important that there is good communication between you and your surgeon. Explain what your desired outcome is and ask if this is a realistic expectation. He may suggest liposuction as well as a tummy tuck to help you get the body you want.
You and you surgeon will probably discuss the cost of a tummy tuck during your tummy tuck preparation. This may be a good time to work out a payment plan so that you are not worried about finances later. You need to know what is included in the total cost and what is not so that you can prepare yourself accordingly.
Your health is always the number one concern. While preparing for your tummy tuck, the plastic surgeon will examine your abdomen and analyze the fat deposits and excess skin.
If you do not have enough to warrant a tummy tuck, he may recommend that you undergo abdominal etching as an alternative treatment.
Your plastic surgeon will require a detailed medical history and some standard blood tests to make sure you are fit for surgery. Patients with conditions such as diabetes or heart disease may not be operated on because they pose a surgical risk.
Patients on medications that will adversely affect their tummy tuck recovery will need to consider alternative medications. To ensure that your tummy tuck preparation goes as smoothly as possible, the plastic surgeon will give you detailed pre-operative instructions that you need to follow closely.