A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is when an incision is made above the pubis (pubic region) within the underwear line to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen. In addition, tightening of the abdominal muscles by plication or imbrication (folding or overlapping) is performed. The skin and underlying fat are released from the abdomen and the excess tissue is removed and discarded.
A common question we receive here at Perimeter Plastic Surgery is who is considered a good candidate for a tummy tuck surgery. The first and most important factor when being considered for this procedure is good overall health and a generally healthy lifestyle. This includes a proper diet, an appropriate exercise regimen, and avoiding smoking cigarettes. Ideally, candidates should be at a healthy weight as well, which means staying within 25 pounds of your ideal weight.
Because the tummy tuck procedure involves removing loose skin, you should be as close as possible to your weight loss goal before the surgery is performed. If you are over your ideal weight, we advise you to lose as much of this extra weight as you can prior to the surgery for enhanced results and less risk of complications. A healthy weight loss program combined with an exercise regimen best tailored to your body’s needs and goals is the best way to lose the proper amount of weight before a tummy tuck procedure.