The majority of patients seeking tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) are healthy and physically active but nonetheless they have excess skin and fatty tissue on the lower abdomen. This is a particularly common problem for females after childbirth or for those who have lost a significant amount of weight. Tummy tuck surgery is best performed on people who have a healthy weight or are only modestly overweight. It is not recommended as a weight loss procedure for very overweight patients due to the increased risk of complications.
During your consultation, Dr. Andrade will ask about your specific abdominal concerns, including any past abdominal surgery. The physical examination is very important and will include examining your abdomen for overall skin quality and the amount of excess adipose tissue, location of pre-existing scars, hernias and loose abdominal muscles. Photos will be taken so the preoperative and postoperative appeance can be compared.
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