A tummy tuck is a common name used to refer to a plastic surgery procedure named abdominoplasty. The purpose of this type of plastic surgery is to remove fat, smooth any wrinkles and tighten the skin over the abdominal region. For many years celebrities, models, actors and the wealthy have had access to tummy tucks and other such procedures. In more recent times, plastic surgery, in general, has become more commonly accessible to people in all walks of life. Since 2000, the tummy tuck has steadily gained popularity in the United States and other developed nations.

With easier access more exposure to this popular surgical procedure, you may be wondering if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Well, the answer lies in many different factors. Not everyone is considered eligible for the tummy tuck procedure. The best thing to do is talk to a plastic surgery professional that specialized in this type of procedure. Below is a guideline of who may or may not be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Reading this article will help you determine if it’s time to meet with a doctor or not.

A Tummy Tuck May Be For You If:

Do you consider yourself physically fit in general? If the main exception is loose skin or fat in your abdominal region, and if the problem area has not improved even with regular exercise, a tummy tuck may be for you. Generally, the inability to tighten the abdominal muscles is a result of slackness of the muscles underneath. Below is an overview of cases in which individuals might make good tummy tuck candidates.

Pregnancy — The most common cause of this physical condition is pregnancy. For women who have had one or more pregnancies, it is practically impossible to return their tummy area to a flat appearance. These women s abdominal muscles and the skin that covers them have been stretched beyond their original elasticity and can thus not return to their original state.

Weight Loss — Another cause of the loose skin and lax muscles in this region is massive weight loss. High volume weight loss can cause a person to have excess skin in the abdominal area, which can then be corrected by a tummy tuck.

Aging Process — A third best candidate for the tummy tuck procedure are persons that have slack skin and lax muscles in the abdominal region due to the normal aging process. Older patients with this problem are excellent candidates for tummy tucks.
A Good Candidate, Mentally

Based on what you just read, you may be convinced that you are indeed eligible for the tummy tuck procedure. However, you must ensure that you are mentally and emotionally prepared to realistically deal with everything involved. Your expectations must not only match the reality of what you’ll be provided with, but you must also make sure that they (and you) are flexible. While this form of cosmetic surgery is designed to improve the tone and contour of your midsection, it will in no way bring back your youth or create the perfect body. In many cases, a tummy tuck procedure will enhance one’s self-confidence and image. You should in no way, however, depend solely on a plastic surgery procedure to validate you as a person or give you self-worth.

Not Good Candidates

If you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant, it is generally advised that you postpone considering a tummy tuck until your childbearing years are over. Other medical conditions or issues may be considered by your doctor to render you ineligible for tummy tuck surgery.