Am I a Candidate For a Tummy Tuck?
The Ideal Candidate for a Tummy Tuck
Patient safety is our number one concern. When you decide to have a tummy tuck, you will have a consultation with your provider to go over all aspects of your procedure. At this consultation, you and your provider will discuss your health history, previous surgeries, and current medications to determine if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck.
The best candidates for a tummy tuck:
- Have excess skin and fat in the belly region
- Have loose abdominal muscles
- Are close to their ideal weight
- Are in good general health
- Are non-smokers
- Understand the procedure and have realistic expectations
If you do not have all of these, it does not necessarily eliminate you as a candidate for a tummy tuck. But it may require some additional decision-making or impact the quality of your results.
Is an Abdominoplasty the Best Procedure for You?
A good candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who will benefit from the procedure. That means if you have excess skin around the abdominal region or would like to improve the contour of your belly region, then this procedure is for you. If your primary problem is belly fat, your provider will evaluate your abdominal skin during your consultation to see whether you need a tummy tuck or whether liposuction is a better choice.
Put Your Health First
To be a good candidate for a tummy tuck, it’s also important to put your health first. A tummy tuck is a major surgery. To achieve the best possible results with the lowest possible risk, it’s important to do your best to get in shape before the procedure. The closer you are to your ideal weight before your procedure, the lower your risk of complications. In addition, some studies have shown that eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables before surgery can also reduce your risk of complications. You will be asked to quit smoking for several weeks before and after your surgery, and the quality and length of your results will be improved if you quit smoking altogether.
Evaluate Your Candidacy
The only way to truly know whether you are a good candidate is through a consultation with one of our providers. They will be able to evaluate you, your medical history, and your goals to guide you toward the best option to achieve your desired contour. If you want to talk to one of our providers about whether you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck or you have other tummy tuck questions, schedule a consultation today.