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Am I a Candidate for Tummy Tuck?

The primary cosmetic concern shared by most individuals considering a tummy tuck is excess skin or skin sagging from the lower abdomen. A tummy tuck is designed to remove this loose skin for a more fit appearance and a sleeker silhouette. Oftentimes, tummy tuck candidates are men or women who have lost a significant amount of weight, either from rigorous diet and exercise or bariatric surgery. Mothers who want to regain a flatter stomach after pregnancy also often choose a tummy tuck to achieve their goals. A tummy tuck is not intended as a weight loss procedure, and candidates should be at or near their target body weight for the best results.

Although the reasons for choosing a tummy tuck may vary from patient to patient, our plastic surgeon, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani, typically determines candidacy based upon the following questions:

  • Are you unhappy with the appearance of lax skin on the abdomen?
  • Do you have stretched or torn abdominal muscles that are in need of repair?
  • Are you in good overall health?
  • Do you maintain a relatively stable body weight?
  • Do you avoid tobacco products?
  • Is your body mass index (BMI) below 30?

The best way to determine your candidacy for tummy tuck surgery is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Candidates who wish to also reduce pockets of excess abdominal fat may choose to combine a tummy tuck with liposuction to maximize the impact of the results. To learn more about tummy tuck candidacy, please contact our office today.