Even for men and women that regularly diet and exercise, having a tight, toned, and sculpted abdomen isn’t always easy to obtain. This concern is especially common in dramatic weight loss journeys and women attempting to restore their pre-pregnancy body.

Abdominoplasty, or more commonly known as a tummy tuck, can help them achieve a youthful, firmer stomach appearance. A tummy tuck corrects sagging, excess skin and in some cases, tightens the underlying abdominal muscles. There are plenty of questions patients have in regards to a tummy tuck, so here are three ways to get the best results from your procedure.

Maintain a Positive Mindset

It’s important to prepare emotionally for a procedure. Often, patients overlook the emotional impact a cosmetic surgery can have, or may have expectations that are unachievable. At our Portland, Oregon practice, we see the best results for patients that maintain a positive attitude and have realistic expectations of their abdominoplasty.

Be Close to Your Ideal Weight

Although a tummy tuck will provide a slimmer appearance, it should never be used for a weight loss solution. Being at your target weight is important because it allows your surgeon to adequately perform the abdominoplasty and remove the ideal amount of excess skin from your midsection. Additionally, if you are planning on losing more weight after your tummy tuck, you may have less than desirable results or require a second surgery.

Allow a Proper Healing Period

It is crucial that you give your body enough time to heal and recover from the dramatic changes of a tummy tuck. For the first several days, you can expect to be sore while your body adapts to the new contour. Most patients find they feel recovered within four to six weeks after their procedure. Dr. Bohley will provide specific aftercare instructions to ensure optimal healing and avoid any risks or complications.

At Dr. Bohley’s office located near Vancouver, Washington, we understand the significant impact a tummy tuck can have for your emotions and your physical appearance. However, we will help you throughout the procedure process to achieve the outstanding results you’ve been looking for.

If you are interested in a tummy tuck, contact Dr. Bohley today.