Should I Get A Tummy Tuck Before My Kids Go Back To School?
Tummy tuck surgery can lead to a dramatic transformation, both inside and out, making it no surprise that patients are often in a rush to schedule their surgery ASAP. However, men and women considering tummy tuck surgery should understand what to expect before, during, and after the procedure and plan their surgery accordingly. Patients with children often wonder whether it makes more sense to have tummy tuck surgery before or after their kids go back to school in the fall. Use these helpful tips from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Omar Ahmed and the award-winning team at Omar Ahmed, M.D. on choosing the best time for tummy tuck surgery in Pasadena, CA.
What does a tummy tuck do?
If you are thinking about tummy tuck surgery, you probably already know that it can help you achieve a slimmer, trimmer, more attractive body shape, but you may still have questions about how the procedure works and what specific results are possible. The primary purpose of tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is to recontour the patient’s midsection through skin removal. During the procedure, excess, loose, or stretched-out skin is excised, and the remaining skin is pulled taut for a firmer, smoother shape. Additional concerns that can be addressed or improved with tummy tuck surgery include:
- Loose skin
- Hanging skin folds
- Mommy pooch
- Diastasis recti (separated ab muscles)
- Stretch marks
- Stubborn fat
Most often, tummy tuck is performed to help patients reverse certain consequences of pregnancy, extreme weight loss, or aging. During your initial consultation for tummy tuck surgery in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Ahmed will closely examine your concerns, discuss your ideal outcome, and formulate a customized surgical plan for you.
What’s the best time to get a tummy tuck?
One of the most important factors in determining when to get a tummy tuck is your level of commitment to maintaining a stable weight after surgery. Gaining weight after a tummy tuck can significantly compromise your cosmetic results. Patients who get pregnant again after tummy tuck surgery can also compromise or even reverse their results, leading to the need for a second or subsequent procedure to restore their figure. For this reason, Dr. Ahmed encourages women to wait until they have finished having children before undergoing tummy tuck surgery. Additionally, tummy tuck patients should understand that the procedure is not designed as a weight loss tool and should only be considered once they have reached a healthy, stable weight.
Should you get a tummy tuck during summer or the school year?
Particularly for patients with children, planning ahead for tummy tuck recovery is essential. During a recovery after tummy tuck, patients will have temporary physical limitations, including driving restrictions, limited mobility, the need for extra rest, and the inability to lift more than a few pounds. Because of this, patients with school-aged children may find it easier to recover with their children away from home most of the day. However, parents who have younger children, who homeschool, or who may be teachers themselves often choose to schedule tummy tuck surgery during the less chaotic summer holiday. During your consultation, Dr. Ahmed will go over what to expect during tummy tuck recovery in great detail so that you can choose a surgery date that best meets your unique needs.
Enjoy a sexy summer body all year long with tummy tuck surgery in Pasadena, CA
Whether you decide to schedule your tummy tuck this summer or need to wait until your kids are back in school, the body of your dreams can still become a reality! To learn more about the exciting benefits of abdominoplasty in Pasadena, CA, call the friendly team at Omar Ahmed, M.D. to schedule your one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Omar Ahmed today.