Who Should Get Tummy Tuck? How to Qualify for Body Contouring
Dr. Genaro Valladolid is a board-certified plastic surgeon offering abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to restore a flatter, firmer abdominal shape and muscle strength. During your consultation, he can determine if this body contouring procedure is right for you. Some of the key qualifications for tummy tuck are listed below.
You must be in good overall health for elective plastic surgery, including tummy tuck. That means no active medical concerns and well-managed health conditions. Dr. Valladolid will discuss any medications or supplements you’re taking, some of which may need to be discontinued before surgery to reduce risks and improve healing.
Most men and women interested in tummy tuck have lost weight with diet and exercise and have loose skin left over from their transformation. You should maintain a stable weight at or near your goal size for six to 12 months before having tummy tuck or another body plastic surgery.
Realistic Expectations and Understanding of the Procedure
Tummy tuck can remove loose tissues and provide a tighter, smoother abdominal shape. Still, your body contour may not look like the celebrities or influencers you see in print or on social media. It’s crucial to have realistic expectations for your results and understand what to expect during and after tummy tuck to make an informed decision.
Non-Smoker or Willing to Quit Smoking
Smoking and nicotine use can affect the healing process and increase your risk of complications after tummy tuck. If you want to improve your body shape with abdominoplasty, you must quit smoking for several weeks before and after your tummy tuck.
Tummy Tuck Is Your Personal Choice
Plastic surgery can help you achieve your ideal body shape or appearance. If you are bothered by the appearance of your abdominal area with stretched muscles, stubborn fat, and loose skin, tummy tuck may be right for you. However, it should be your choice and not a decision you make to meet someone else’s standards or preferences.
You’re Finished Growing Your Family
It’s best for women to wait to have abdominoplasty until they are done having children and do not plan on future pregnancies. While you may still get pregnant and have a healthy child after tummy tuck, pregnancy may impact your results because of weight gain and abdominal stretching.