In my experience, there’s a common misconception that abdominoplasty – also known as tummy tuck surgery – is a procedure designed to get rid of fat for people who are overweight or even obese. In actuality, abdominoplasty should be thought of more as a skin operation. With this in mind, ideal candidates are individuals who are not necessarily overweight, but rather those who are thin, fit, or very near their desired weight whose biggest issue is loose and/or excess skin that proves unresponsive to both diet and exercise. For these patients, no amount of exercise or number of workouts can generally eliminate extra skin, and often the only solution is surgery.
In addition to individuals experiencing loose, sagging skin in the midsection, patients who have stretching of the abdominal wall (rectus diastasis) after having one or multiple children can also be considered ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery. Again, it doesn’t matter how much the person works out, how many sit-ups they do, or how many hours they spend at the gym – abdominal muscles will never come back together without surgical intervention. So, by performing a tummy tuck operation, we’re not only eliminating extra skin, we’re also bringing the muscles back together at the midline and helping patients achieve a smoother, flatter abdomen with an improved contour.
Ultimately, other factors such as timing, overall health, and expectations for the final outcome factor into candidacy for abdominoplasty. To find out if this procedure is right for your specific needs and goals, I strongly encourage that you consult a board certified plastic surgeon to ensure you receive the safest, most ethical treatment.
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