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Who is a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck?

who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck

Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)

A tummy tuck can provide patients with an array of both aesthetic and medical benefits. However, before pursuing the surgery, you should consider the factors listed in this article to help determine if a tummy tuck is worth it for you.

You Have Loose Skin

If you have loose skin on your abdomen, a tummy tuck may be suitable as it gets rid of the excess skin and tightens the remaining skin to reveal a flatter and contoured abdomen.

Therefore, most people choose to get a tummy tuck after weight loss, after pregnancy, or as part of a menopause makeover.  

You’re at a Healthy BMI

There are BMI requirements for plastic surgery to ensure that a patient’s weight does not put them at greater risk of surgical complications. The BMI requirement for a tummy tuck is 30 or under.

If you do not meet this at present and are struggling to lose weight, you may benefit from the personalised weight loss programmes run by our nutritionists

You Suffer from Back Pain

You may also benefit from a tummy tuck with muscle repair if you suffer from chronic back pain, which may be the result of weakened abdominal muscles placing excessive strain on your spine.

If this is the case, your surgeon can repair the muscles as part of your tummy tuck to strengthen your core and alleviate the back pain

You Have Poor Posture

Poor posture can be another consequence of weak abdominal muscles, as your spine relies on the strength of the core muscles to straighten up.

Therefore, by repairing the abdominal muscles with a tummy tuck, you may find that your posture improves, and you no longer have a hunched back. 

You Have Diastasis Recti

Diastasis recti is a common condition that mostly affects pregnant and postpartum women. It occurs when the six-pack abdominal muscles, also known as the rectus abdominis muscles, separate as a result of being stretched too far, which usually occurs during pregnancy.

A tummy tuck is an effective solution for repairing the separated muscles, although physical therapy and certain exercises may also help heal diastasis recti. 

You Have Stretch Marks

Stretch marks appear as lines or streaks on the skin as a result of the skin stretching. The lower abdomen is a common area for stretch marks as many people tend to gain weight in this area.

A tummy tuck can get rid of stretch marks by removing the excess skin in the lower abdomen. 

You Aren’t Planning Any Future Pregnancies

We don’t recommend pursuing a tummy tuck if you are planning on having more children, as it will reverse the results of the procedure. Weight gain after a tummy tuck will affect the results of your surgery, leaving you with further loose skin.  

Ask a Plastic Surgeon During a Consultation

You will need to consult a plastic surgeon to confirm whether you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck.

We recommend choosing a surgeon that specialises in tummy tuck surgery, as it ensures that they have extensive knowledge and experience of the procedure to advise you on the best treatment plan for your unique needs.

CREO Clinic Can Help You Decide if Tummy Tuck is Right For You

If you are considering getting a tummy tuck, book a consultation with Dr Omar Tillo to receive expert advice from a double board-certified plastic surgeon.

Dr Tillo specialises in a range of body contouring procedures, including all types of tummy tucks, and will design a bespoke treatment plan for you if you are a good candidate for the procedure. 

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