If you’re becoming increasingly despondent about your tummy bulge that just won’t budge then an abdominoplasty might be your next step. Patients presenting at Mr Tariq Ahmad’s Cambridge tummy tuck clinic list a variety of reasons for turning to cosmetic surgery for help including ‘people keep asking if I’m pregnant – but it’s years since I had a baby’ and ‘I lost all that weight but look at the stomach I’ve been left with’. For some people, the abdominal muscles do not knit back together after significant weight gain and subsequent loss, leaving a stubborn paunch and/or excess skin which detracts substantially from their slimmer, trimmer silhouette. A tummy tuck can recontour this irksome area, but it is not a decision that can be made lightly. Here are five questions to help you decide if it is the right course of action or you.
1. Have you reached your ideal weight?
A tummy tuck is not weight-loss surgery and the aesthetic results will be undermined by further fluctuations in weight. Lose the weight first, and then think about surgery.
2. Do you understand the potential side effects?
It is important to understand the risks and potential complications when undergoing surgery. Furthermore, an abdominoplasty requires a lengthy scar along the lower abdomen – are you comfortable with this?
3. Do you have realistic expectations?
Cambridge surgeon Mr Tariq Ahmad believes it is essential that all tummy tuck patients understand the limitations of surgery and have mentally set themselves achievable goals. It’s important that you both share the same vision of your tummy tuck results which is why the consultation is such an important stage of your journey.
4. Are you prepared to follow post-op guidelines?
After your surgery, you will be sent home with advice on aftercare including how best to look after your wound, which movements to avoid and how often to wear a compression garment. Following these guidelines will create the right conditions for an efficient healing process.