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Christopher K. Patronella, Md, Facs, Fics


Christopher K. Patronella - MD, FACS, FICS

When Is the Best Time to Get a Tummy Tuck?

Posted March 23, 2018 in True Form Tummy Tuck®

Planning your tummy tuck surgery can be a thrilling experience! If you’ve been dealing with frustration and dissatisfaction with your abdomen for a long time, we understand the combination of excitement, relief, and apprehension you may feel about undergoing tummy tuck surgery. Below are some of the considerations that can help you evaluate the best time to move forward with this.


The Procedure and Recovery

Recovery time is typically about 10 to 14 days. Having someone to help take care of your children, run errands, and assist in day-to-day activities is very beneficial to the healing process. It is also important to take into consideration any holidays, weddings, or family functions so you can participate. Dr. Patronella has written a helpful Recovery Guide that will lead you step by step through the initial weeks following surgery so you understand what to expect. This includes tips from his patients as well as specific instructions about exercising, meals and snacks, and his scar healing product kit.

Your Current Weight

One of the greatest aesthetic benefits of tummy tuck surgery that our patients notice is the improvement in their bodies’ contours and proportions, particularly when Dr. Patronella performs liposuction in conjunction with the True Form Tummy Tuck. Tummy tuck surgery will transform the appearance and tightness of your abdomen. And although Dr. Patronella removes excess fat deposits and skin, the procedure isn’t a weight loss alternative. Because of this, it is recommended that you be at or near your ideal weight and have kept that weight stable for a couple of months. This will allow you to more fully see the aesthetic benefits of The True Form Tummy Tuck.

Pregnancy Plans

Women often choose to undergo tummy tuck surgery after pregnancy and childbirth have left lasting changes to their physiques. Pregnancy can wreak havoc on your abdomen: skin and abdominal muscles stretch quickly, and fat deposits pop up in new and unusual places. For that reason, it is wise to hold off on your procedure if you are planning on having any more children as additional pregnancies could undo any results gained through your tummy tuck.

Your Consultation With Dr. Patronella

In your consultation with Dr. Patronella, he will discuss your aesthetic goals as well as your questions and concerns in order to make his recommendations to you. We want you to be educated and informed so you can make the best choice for you.

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Dr. Patronella’s warm and friendly patient care team will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have and schedule your appointment with Dr. Patronella.

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