Considering a tummy tuck? This transformative procedure is well-known for its ability to restore a flatter, more toned abdomen. But how do you know if it’s right for you? There are some key factors that make someone an ideal candidate, so let’s explore whether a tummy tuck aligns with your goals and health profile.

Ideal Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery

Ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) can identify with the following:

1. Excess Skin and Fat: Candidates have significant excess skin and stubborn fat in the abdominal area, often due to weight loss or pregnancy.

2. Weakened Stomach Muscles: Candidates for tummy tuck surgery typically have weakened stomach muscles that produce an ever-present tummy bulge.

3. Good General Health: Candidates should be in good overall health without serious medical conditions that could impair healing.

4. Stable Weight: It’s best to be at a stable weight for several months before surgery. Significant weight fluctuations can affect the results, so candidates should not be actively trying to lose weight.

5. Non-Smokers: Smoking can impede healing and increase the risk of complications. If you smoke, you should quit well before undergoing tummy tuck surgery.

6. Realistic Expectations: Understanding what abdominoplasty can and cannot achieve is crucial. A tummy tuck may significantly improve your body contours and appearance, but it’s not a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle.

Not Ideal Candidates

The following individuals are not likely candidates for tummy tuck surgery. If you can identify with any of the following, this procedure may not be for you.

1. Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding individuals should not undergo major abdominal surgery.

2. Pregnant or Planning Pregnancy: Pregnant individuals are not candidates for major cosmetic surgery. If you plan to become pregnant in the future, it would be wise to delay your tummy tuck as pregnancy can alter the results.

3. High BMI: Individuals with a BMI of 30 or higher may be advised to lose weight before pursuing tummy tuck surgery.

4. Chronic Health Conditions: Those with unmanaged chronic conditions should consult with their primary healthcare provider before pursuing abdominoplasty.

Your Personal Consultation

When you contact our office about tummy tuck surgery, we’ll schedule for a personal one-on-one consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephenie Poris. During your consultation, the two of you will discuss your medical history, goals, and concerns. Dr. Poris will perform a thorough physical examination to determine the best approach tailored to your needs. She’ll also talk about the recovery process and what you can expect post-surgery.

Remember, a tummy tuck is a significant decision and requires careful consideration. If you’re thinking about this procedure and believe you’re a candidate, reach out at your convenience to schedule a consultation. We’re here to help you achieve your aesthetic goals safely and effectively.

To schedule a tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Poris, call (407) 558-1616 or contact us online today.