A tummy tuck is not a substitute
for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Although
the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent,
the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant
fluctuations in weight. For this reason, individuals
who are planning substantial weight loss or women who
may be considering future pregnancies may be advised
to postpone a tummy tuck.
Tummy tuck is best performed on adults
of any age who are in good health, are close to the ideal
weight for their body type and size, are moderately fit
and, overall, have good muscle tone. Good candidates are:
- Healthy individuals who do not have
a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that
can impair healing.
- Individuals with a positive
outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring.
In addition, previous abdominal surgery
may limit the potential results of a tummy tuck. In women
who have undergone cesarean section, the existing scars
may often be incorporated or revised for new incisions.