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Who Is a Good Tummy Tuck Candidate?

By Dr. Charles J. Galanis

Who Is a Good Tummy Tuck Candidate

If you aren’t happy with how your midsection looks and have excess skin and fat in the area that you can’t treat on your own, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck.

At Galanis Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA, we offer this procedure to help you achieve the kind of midsection that skincare treatments and other noninvasive methods cannot. It can completely transform your midsection to increase your confidence so you can wear your figure with pride.

Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

Weight gain, significant weight loss, genetics, the aging process, and one or more pregnancies can all affect the appearance of your midsection for the worse. Each of these factors can cause loose skin and pockets of stubborn fat on the abdomen that make you feel self-conscious about how you look. If you aren’t happy with the appearance of your midsection and because of loose skin and stubborn fat, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck surgery.

A tummy tuck surgery is a procedure that is also known as abdominoplasty. It improves the midsection by removing excess skin and fat, restructuring and strengthening the abdominal muscles, and tightening the remaining skin to create a tighter and more toned-looking appearance. This procedure can do what many body contouring treatments cannot.

You Have a Significant Amount of Excess Skin

If you have an excessive amount of loose skin on your abdomen and have tried noninvasive body contouring treatments in an attempt to tighten the area, you probably quickly soon learned those skin tightening treatments could only do so much. Skin tightening treatments cannot improve or remove excessive skin laxity the way that a tuck surgery can.

If you want to eliminate the loose skin and excess fat that’s been affecting your appearance, this procedure may be the best option to help you finally reach your aesthetic goals.

You Have Pockets of Stubborn Fat

Stubborn fat is difficult to lose, even with diet and exercise changes. If you’ve changed your diet and exercise routine and have reached a healthy weight but still have been unable to target fat in your midsection, we can use liposuction during this procedure to permanently remove that fat.

Once the fat cells are removed from your midsection, they can’t grow back or return, and you’ll have a significantly reduced fat volume in the entire area.

You Have Diastasis Recti

Diastasis recti is a condition that affects women during and after pregnancy. During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles can separate, and for some women, they come back together.

When this happens, women are left with a gap between the two sides of their abdomens. This procedure can remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen, strengthen and restructure the abdominal muscles, and correct diastasis recti.

You Can’t Do It on Your Own

If you’ve tried to address loose skin with non-invasive body contouring treatments, and you’ve tried to lose stubborn fat on your own but have been unsuccessful, abdominoplasty may be exactly what you need to help reach your aesthetic goals. This procedure will help you transform your body in a way that other treatments cannot. Stubborn fat is called stubborn for a reason. It’s hard to treat, even when you eat the right foods and exercise daily.

This procedure can help remove that stubborn fat with liposuction, eliminate excess skin, and help you find a newfound sense of motivation to become the best version of yourself.

Tummy Tuck Candidate Before and After
Tummy Tuck Candidate Before and After

How Does the Procedure Work?

This procedure begins with a consultation. Your consultation is an important step in this process because it allows us to evaluate your concerns in person, review your health history, and confirm that you are a good abdominoplasty candidate. Once we confirm that this is the best procedure to help you reach your aesthetic goals, we will begin designing your treatment plan. Not every abdominoplasty looks the same.

Some patients choose to schedule this procedure as a standalone cosmetic surgery, while others add on other procedures like liposuction to accomplish more than one of their aesthetic goals during their procedure. This procedure itself is also completely customizable. We can tailor it to your specific needs and use liposuction in the specific areas that have caused you the most concern.

Mini tummy tuck vs. Full Abdominoplasty

In designing your treatment plan, we will customize your procedure to address your specific concerns. A full tummy tuck addresses the entire midsection from top to bottom. Those who need to address the entire area and remove excess skin, fat and strengthen the entire abdominal wall will benefit from this version of the procedure. A mini-abdominoplasty addresses the section of the abdomen below the belly button.

Those who don’t have a significant amount of loose skin or excess fat throughout their abdomen but primarily want to address the lower area will benefit from a mini-abdominoplasty.

What Are the Benefits of Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty is a popular plastic surgery procedure because it does what your products and body contouring treatments cannot. It removes loose, will address excess skin and tightens the entire area. You’ll be left with a firm and tight midsection and can experience the confidence that comes with feeling comfortable in your own skin.

It Can Kickstart Your Fitness Routine

Excess skin and extra fat can hide your stomach muscles even if you work out to build ab muscles. When you’re not happy with how you look, it can drain any motivation to try to improve that area. Once you undergo this procedure, you’ll be free of excess abdominal fat and skin.

Any muscle building you do will only help make your tummy tuck results look that much better. A layer of stubborn fat will no longer hide your ab muscles so you will see your abs and can even reach your washboard abs goals.

Your Clothes Will Look Better

Excess skin and fat around the midsection can make you very self-conscious regardless of what you choose to wear. Bodycon dresses and tight-fitting shirts just are an option when you’re not happy about your midsection. This procedure can help you look and feel better in your clothes, and you may even go down a size or two depending on how many inches you lose.

It Will Increase Your Confidence

It’s amazing what a tummy tuck can do for your confidence. If you’ve always felt self-conscious about your midsection, we can change that. When you invest in yourself and your appearance and choose this procedure to transform your midsection, you won’t regret it. You’ll feel more confident walking into any room, and you will love how you look.

candidate for tummy tuckWho Is a Candidate?

Those who want to eliminate excess skin and fat from their abdomen make good candidates for abdominoplasty. We recommend that women wait until they are done having children to schedule this procedure since an additional pregnancy after undergoing abdominoplasty will sabotage the results. The best candidate for a tummy tuck are men and women in good health who have realistic expectations about the procedure.

It’s important that you understand the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle post-op. The results of abdominoplasty are intended to be permanent. Still, if you do gain weight after the procedure, any remaining fat cells throughout the midsection could expand and will affect your results. As long as you commit to living a healthy lifestyle, eat a healthy diet defined by moderation, and exercise consistently, you can expect to enjoy the results of your procedure long-term.

If you lose weight prior to scheduling your tummy tuck, make sure that if it was a large amount that you are at a stable weight for a couple months prior to the procedure.

Questions and Answers

Who should not get a tummy tuck?

If you have undisclosed underlying health issues or an uncontrolled health condition like high blood pressure, diabetes, or a bleeding disorder, your plastic surgeon will advise you to address and manage your health before considering abdominoplasty.

What is the ideal weight for a tummy tuck?

Being close to your desired weight for six to twelve months before undergoing a tummy tuck is crucial. Surgeons typically advise patients to be within 10-15 pounds of their goal weight. This is significant because gaining or losing additional weight can compromise the contoured shape achieved through the surgery.

Does insurance ever cover a tummy tuck?

Most insurance providers typically do not cover the costs of a tummy tuck, as it is generally regarded as a cosmetic procedure. However, Medicare and Medicaid may cover a portion of the expenses if you can substantiate, with appropriate documentation, that the surgery is medically necessary.


Invest in Yourself

You don’t have to live with an abdomen that affects your self-image. You can transform your appearance, and abdominoplasty is the perfect way to invest in yourself and confidence.

If you’re ready to learn more about a tummy tuck procedure and determine whether you’re a candidate for a tummy tuck, our experts are ready to help you become the best version of yourself. Contact us today at Galanis Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA, to schedule your initial consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.

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