The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal through diet and exercise alone. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.
Patients who have lost significant weight, whether through lifestyle changes or weight-loss surgery, may be good candidates for this surgery. You should be well within your desired weight before considering tummy tuck procedures. Finally, women who are planning future pregnancies may not be suitable candidates for abdominoplasty.
In your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health, determine the extent of fat deposits in your abdominal region, and carefully assess your skin tone. Be sure to tell your surgeon if you smoke and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs. Smokers should be advised to stop, as smoking may increase the risk of complications and delay healing.