When you go to your initial consultation in Mexico, your plastic surgeon will determine if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck. This is a fairly serious surgical procedure and not everyone can undergo an abdominoplasty. There are a number of tummy tuck risks and side effects that you need to be aware of, especially complications that may arise during your tummy tuck recovery. Tummy tucks have been popular for a number of years now, particularly amongst people who have excess fat and skin on their abdomen. It is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries carried out in the United States and also in Mexico. The cost of a tummy tuck in Mexico is much less than in the US and that is why many medical tourists choose to travel there.
A number of factors need to be considered when both you and your plastic surgeon are trying to work out if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Some are connected to your physical well being while others are connected to your emotional well being. It may turn out that a tummy tuck is not right for you and in this case, alternative treatments may be suggested. It is important that you have realistic expectations of what the procedure can and can’t do for you. A tummy tuck can help make you feel better about yourself by improving your appearance but it won’t necessarily change your life or who you are.
The following information will help you determine if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck:
Qualities of a person who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck:
Someone who is in reasonable physical shape but has excess fat and skin in their abdominal area
A person who has lost a lot of weight but is struggling to lose the stubborn fat around their stomach
Women who have had their skin and muscles stretched by pregnancy and are not planning to have more children. Becoming pregnant after a tummy tuck will just separate the muscles that were repaired during the surgery
Older patients whose skin is saggy as a result of the aging process
Someone who understands what is involved with the tummy tuck procedure
Someone who has realistic expectations of the final results of their abdominoplasty
A person who can accept the limitations of a tummy tuck
A patient who is within 30% of their ideal body weight. A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure
Someone whose weight has been stable for at least 6 months before the procedure
Qualities of a person who is not a good candidate for a tummy tuck:
Someone who does not want any scarring. Although the surgeon will try to make the incision in a natural crease of the body and in a location that will not normally be exposed, there will still be a scar.
Women who are planning on having more children
A person who is wanting a weight loss procedure. A tummy tuck can help you but it won’t be able to help you lose weight
A patient who is really unhealthy and/or emotionally unstable
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