The ideal candidate is at or close to their ideal weight. The amount of loose skin doesn't necessarily impact the ideal candidate. However, you do need to be in good health and not smoking (even one cigarette) for at least three weeks before AND after a tummy tuck. More is better, to try to prevent any wound healing or infection complications as a result of smoking or using any nicotine product.
If you have a big belly that makes you unhappy and you are not happy about the look of it, if you have experienced skin sagging on your abdominal area after a weight loss, if you are unhappy with the sagged look of your abdominal area after the pregnancy, if you had a liposuction operation and now your belly is sagged; then you can get benefit from a Tummy Tuck operation.
Thank you for the question. Generally speaking, the “ideal” patient for tummy tuck surgery is one who has completed pregnancies, is psycho socially/emotionally/financially stable, has an excellent social support system surrounding him/her, is capable of arranging enough recovery time, does not smoke and who has reached a long-term stable weight.
When the time is right, seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons who can demonstrate significant experience helping patients achieve the types of outcomes you would be pleased with. You may find the attached link and video, dedicated to tummy tuck surgery concerns, helpful to you as you learn more. Best wishes.
The tummy tuck operation deals with skin excess of the abdomen and muscle weakness. Health s important. Cigarette smoking in my practice is an absolute contraindication to tummy tuck.
There are many good candidates for tummy tuck. Pictures or an exam would help make a determination. A healthy patient who is a nonsmoker and at a safe, stable weight would be a reasonable patient for consideration.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
I agree with my colleagues about the definition of tummy tucks. There was a published study approximately 9 years ago that looks at smoking in tummy tucks. The complication rate was 85%. I would take that number seriously and stop smoking. The best thing you can do is get a plastic surgery consultation and let the surgeon help you understand your anatomy and what your options are.
Stephen M. Davis, MD, FACS
Green Hills Plastic Surgery
A good candidate for a tummy tuck is a patient who is done with childbirth, non smoker with a BMI of 29 or less. This patient has a skin overhang with Some form of diastasis that failed to respond to conservative measures such as dieting and exercise.
A tummy tuck abdominoplasty will remove excess skin from either prior pregnancy or weight gain/loss, repair separated muscles if necessary, and remove localized fat if necessary. Avoidance of all nicotine-containing products is essential, and your weight should be below a BMI of 30 for the safest outcome.
The ideal candidates are weight loss patients, post pregnancy patients, and anybody who has excess skin and fat in the abdomen region.
Any healthy individual who has loose skin of the abdominal wall, possible excess fat and abdominal wall laxity as well is a good candidate for an abdominoplasty. Most often the patient is a woman who has had children.