Three Keys to a Successful Tummy Tuck

When it comes to making a decision about having abdominoplasty surgery (tummy tuck) at my Champaign practice, we like to stress the idea that before-and-after pictures are quite important because they are representative of good results. When considering this procedure, make sure you ask to see before-and-after photographs of patients who had the same kind of issue that you have and whose surgery was done by the surgeon that you are considering.

In consultations in Bloomington and Champaign for tummy tuck surgery, we find the common reasons for seeking the procedure to be a large, flaccid stomach; loose skin and/or stretch marks throughout the lower abdominal area; the formation of an apron after weight loss or pregnancies; and contour deformities of the stomach, including the navel and surrounding tissue.

While the best candidate for tummy tuck surgery is a patient who is at or near his or her normal weight, we find that patients who are somewhat overweight tend to achieve very good results. In consultation with our patients in our offices in the central Illinois area, we stress that realistic expectations are quite important in the sense that abdominoplasty is not going to drastically reduce the weight of a person. In general, an active lifestyle, the correct diet and exercise are excellent companions for an expected good result.

A common request in my practice of cosmetic plastic surgery in Champaign and central Illinois is for a “Mommy Makeover” procedure. This involves doing an abdominoplasty and a breast augmentation or breast lift at the same time. This procedure is popular after pregnancy and breastfeeding, since pregnancy tends to significantly alter the tissues within the abdomen and breasts. The Mommy Makeover’s ability to solve abdominal and breast problems at the same time has been very valuable to our patients seeking breast surgery in Bloomington and Champaign.

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