Abdominoplasty, sometimes referred to as a tummy tuck surgery, is a common cosmetic procedure that can help individuals achieve a flatter, tighter abdomen. With this procedure, the abdominal region’s extra skin and fat are removed, and the supporting muscles are tightened.

There are two main types of abdominoplasties – mini and full tummy tucks. In a previous article, we explored who is a right candidate for a mini tummy tuck. But what about full tummy tucks?

Like a mini tummy tuck, not everyone is a good candidate for a full tummy tuck. To learn about whether you are a good candidate for this procedure, keep on reading!

What is a full tummy tuck?

It is crucial to first understand what a full tummy tuck surgery entails.

Essentially, a full tummy tuck involves the entire abdominal wall. Two incisions will be made, one around the navel and one above the pelvic line. After tightening the supporting abdominal muscles, a third incision is made at the new location of the navel. Then, excess skin is trimmed before the incision is closed.

Who is the right candidate for a full tummy tuck?

Here are some factors that can be used to determine if you are suitable for a full tummy tuck:

1. Overall health

Your general health is the first factor to take into account. You should be in excellent health and not suffer from any diseases that might increase the risk of complications during or following surgery. Prior to the surgery, you should also be at a stable weight that you have kept up for at least six months.

2. Skin elasticity

Good skin elasticity is important for a successful tummy tuck surgery. This is due to the fact that the skin will be stretched throughout the process, and if it does not have sufficient elasticity, it may not recover adequately. Your surgeon may suggest an alternative procedure, such as a mini tummy tuck or liposuction, if your skin has lost its elasticity.

3. Expectations

Your expectations for the procedure will also be taken into account by your surgeon. Although a tummy tuck can make your abdomen look more toned, it is not a weight loss procedure. You should go into the procedure with realistic expectations and be aware that it can take a few weeks or months to get the full effects.

4. Lifestyle

When deciding whether or not someone is a good candidate for a full tummy tuck, lifestyle should also be taken into account. This is due to the fact that leading a healthy lifestyle, which includes regular exercise and a balanced diet, can enable the surgery’s outcomes to be maximized and reduce the risk of complications.

Final word

It’s important to note that a full tummy tuck surgery is a major procedure that requires significant recovery time. After the surgery, you will need to rest and avoid strenuous activity for several weeks. You will also need to wear a compression garment to support your abdomen and reduce swelling. The recovery time can vary from person to person, but most people are able to return to work within weeks.

If you are considering a full tummy tuck, you should schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will evaluate and determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure.

It’s important to have realistic expectations for the outcome of the surgery and to be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle after the surgery to ensure long-lasting results. If you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck surgery, it can be a life-changing procedure that can help you achieve a flatter, firmer abdomen and boost your confidence.

Get rid of your belly bulge with The Clifford Surgery Clinic

The Clifford Surgery Clinic has over 18 years of experience performing both full and mini tummy tuck surgery in Singapore. Your safety is our top priority, and we go above and beyond to make sure of it. Our experienced doctors are equipped with the professional know-how to ensure that we are able to provide you with the most effective results as safely as possible.

Besides tummy tuck surgery, we also offer a range of non-surgical options, including:

1. Thermage FLX Body

Thermage FLX is a non-invasive solution that provides results in a single session and with minimal downtime. Thermage FLX aims to kick-start the body’s natural collagen production process for a smoother, tighter, and more youthful appearance by using strong, focused RF radiation to strengthen and tighten collagen connections in the skin. Long after the treatment is over, the body continues to enhance collagen production in the treated region!

2. Coolsculpting

Looking for a non-surgical alternative to liposuction? Introducing Coolsculpting – a non-surgical procedure that is able to produce impressive and noticeable results by targeting, freezing and killing fat cells. Most patients get to see results in 1 to 5 months, while some others have seen them in as little as 3 weeks. Results usually reach their peak in the second or third month.

The amount of fat cells in the treatment region is found to have been reduced by about 20% between each session. With each consecutive treatment, the effects will improve even further, providing you an extra 20% reduction per session.

If you are looking to recontour your core, feel free to contact us today to schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon at Novena.