When is the Best Time to Consider a Tummy Tuck?

Over 118,000 tummy tucks, also known as abdominoplasties, were performed in 2019 in the United States. Undergoing a tummy tuck is a great way for people already at their ideal weight to remove stubborn belly fat and skin that just won’t go away.

Making the decision to get a tummy tuck shouldn’t be rushed into without careful consideration. Experts recommend allotting at least six months before the surgery to prepare. Preparations may include finding a reputable surgeon, coordinating insurance coverage, increasing exercise, and losing any remaining pounds to reach your ideal weight.

So, is there an ideal time to start preparing for a tummy tuck? When deciding when to start planning, think first about the end result. Most people want to be fully healed by the beginning of summer so they can show off their flat, toned abs on the beach or poolside.

Here in Tampa Bay, we enjoy a short winter and plenty of warm weather. To be ready for bikini season that can start as early as April, plan for surgery in February. This will give you at least six weeks after the procedure to recover. With a February surgery date, you’ll need to begin preparations in August of the year before.

Along with choosing a qualified plastic surgeon, you’ll want to make sure you get as close to your ideal weight by your surgery date. Increasing physical activity during the six months prior to surgery is essential to building up your stamina for the procedure and give you the best outcome after surgery.

When you’re ready to start your tummy tuck journey, trust Dr. Watt and his expert surgical team at Watt Plastic Surgery & Med Spa to answer all your questions and calm any fears. We’ve done hundreds of abdominoplasties here in Tampa Bay, so we have the experience you want in a state-of-the-art surgical facility. Call (813) 547-5499 or contact us online to schedule your consultation today.