Tummy Tuck Additional Resourses

Tummy Tuck Additional Resources

Should You Hit a Target BMI before Having a Tummy Tuck?

Should You Hit a Target BMI before Having a Tummy Tuck?
Two women working out together on the boardwalk.Abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck, is a body contouring procedure that removes excess skin in your abdominal area and can also repair separated muscle tissue.

This and other body contouring procedures like liposuction are not weight loss methods, though, so it’s important to come as close as you can to meeting your weight loss goals beforehand. Here’s what to know about your BMI before getting a tummy tuck.

What BMI Should You Be before Your Tummy Tuck?
Generally speaking, a BMI under 30 is considered to be safe to undergo a cosmetic procedure like a tummy tuck. Higher BMIs can equate to an increased risk of complications during and after surgery. Additionally, the closer you can come to your target weight before your tummy tuck, the better your results can be.

When a BMI Might Lie
BMI isn’t always the most accurate way to measure your health or candidacy for a tummy tuck. It’s measured by squaring your height and dividing your weight by that number. So someone with a short stature and a large muscle mass could potentially have a higher BMI than someone who is taller and significantly overweight.

The ratio of your height to waist circumference is now considered to be a more accurate measurement of your physical fitness and health.
If you’re unsure about whether or not you could be a good candidate for a tummy tuck or if you’d like to create a weight loss plan and tummy tuck timeline with the help of your plastic surgeon, it’s never too early to schedule your consultation.

How a Skilled Plastic Surgeon May Help You Avoid Tummy Tuck Dog Ears

How a Skilled Plastic Surgeon May Help You Avoid Tummy Tuck Dog Ears
Woman trying on red dress looking in the mirror.The term ‘dog ears’ refers to the skin or tissue protruding from the ends of a closed incision and is a potential side effect of skin-tightening procedures such as a tummy tuck. In surgery, dog ears are unfortunately a common and sometimes unavoidable result following wound closure. Here are some things you can do to help avoid dog ears after tummy tuck surgery.

Do Your Research
After tummy tuck surgery, also called abdominoplasty, if a portion of skin protrudes from the incision site, revision surgery to remove the dog ears may be able to be performed right in Dr. Kolder’s office, under local anesthesia. Excision of this skin involves extending the incision to be a bit longer before cutting away and removing the excess skin. The result is a potentially longer scar, though the dog ear folds of skin will no longer be visible.

Dog ears may occur if the length of the incisions is unequal, causing the skin to bulge.
Careful Planning and a Skilled Surgeon
When someone has a tummy tuck, there is no way to tell ahead of time whether or not they will develop dog ears after their surgery. Fortunately, there are things that can be done beforehand that may reduce the risks of such complications from happening in the first place. Proper placement of the incision as well as creating a longer incision with less skin tension during suturing could potentially help avoid the development of dog ears.

What Should You Expect From Your Surgeon?
Dr. Kolder will be able to explain how to reduce your risk of developing dog ears after a tummy tuck so that you achieve the outcome you’re hoping for. Dr. Kolder is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in tummy tuck procedures. He has helped many men and women in Camarillo and beyond achieve a more defined and tighter physique. Ask to see his before and after photos and examples of his previous surgical work in order to see their successes and put your mind at easerengthen-your-core-before-a-tummy-tuck/