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Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

There are plenty of people that strive for a better body, and many of them turn to plastic surgery to help them on their journey. But what are some signs that you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck specifically? Here are some helpful tips.

Do You have Loose Skin Around Your Abdomen?

This can be from several natural occurring things. The recent loss of weight, pregnancy, and several other things are reasons people find themselves with loose skin around their abdomen. This can’t be fixed by exercise and healthy diet, even though it can be improved by it. Believe it or not, this excess skin actually helps patients looking to get a tummy tuck because it ensures that the surgical site won’t be too tense during post-operative recovery.

Diet and Exercise

Most people, during their strive for a healthier looking body, are dedicated to working out and eating well. These are the typical keys to weight loss that people follow before they realize they need some extra help. If you have already committed to these steps, that helps ensure better results for your procedure and ensures that they will last longer.


It is imperative that you make sure you’re in good health before any type of surgery and cosmetic is no different. There is no point in adding possible complications to your procedure. Things like autoimmune disorders and tissue diseases can also cause problems during the recovery process as they make healing more complicated than it should be. If you have anything you’re concerned about, you should consult your doctor before the procedure.

You Are Not Planning on Becoming Pregnant

If you are making plans to have another kid or see yourself wanting more in the future, it might be best to hold off. Pregnancy can cause issues with the scar tissue and you may need a second tummy tuck to repair the damage pregnancy caused to the first. However, if you do find yourself with an unexpected pregnancy, it’s important to know that the procedure won’t harm your baby.

You Are Not Planning on Losing More Weight

It is recommended that patients are within at least fifteen pounds of their desired goal before coming in for a tummy tuck. Losing more than thirty pounds post-op can result in more sagging skin and muscles. This will require a second operation to fix.

If you have any questions about a tummy tuck, contact either our Long Island or Manhattan office for your free consultation today. Dr. Baldenhofer can help you decide whether or not you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck and where to go from there.