The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that more than 122,000 people underwent tummy tuck surgery in 2008 alone. While this type of procedure remains in the top five surgical cosmetic procedures, there are certain individuals who are better candidates for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) than others.

Simply having excess abdominal fat and/or skin does not necessarily automatically make a person an ideal candidate. There are certain criteria that tummy tuck surgeon Dr. Otto Placik in Chicago looks for in potential abdominoplasty patients.

Tummy Tuck Criteria

Good candidates for tummy tuck surgery include those who:

  • Have excess fat and skin in the abdominal region that is resistant to proper diet and frequent exercise
  • Are in relatively good shape physically
  • Are mentally equipped to handle the surgery and will have realistic expectations
  • Do not have a disease or serious medical condition that could interfere with proper healing
  • Have elastic abdominal skin, although this is not a requirement

Pregnancy can leave women with an abdominal area that is less-than-desirable, despite their efforts to regain a taut stomach area through died and exercise. Tummy tuck surgery can give these women back their bodies, helping to tighten the lax abdominal muscles and remove excess fat and skin.

People who have experienced excessive weight loss through their own efforts or through bariatric surgery also benefit from tummy tuck surgery. In these situations there can be large amounts of excess skin that must be removed in order to allow people to fully enjoy their new body weight and size.

People Who Should Postpone Tummy Tuck Surgery

At times it is wise to postpone abdominoplasty surgery until the person has achieved specific milestones or physical conditions. Reasons to postpone surgery include:

  • Waiting until a woman is finished becoming pregnant. The positive effects of tummy tuck surgery can be reversed if the abdominal muscles and skin are re-stretched with future pregnancies.
  • Waiting until a person is otherwise satisfied with his or her weight. The decision to lose large amounts of weight after having tummy tuck surgery may require additional surgeries to rid of even more abdominal skin or fat.

At Associated Plastic Surgeons, S.C., Dr. Otto Placik has helped hundreds of men and women achieve a more contoured, sleek abdominal area through tummy tuck surgery. If you are considering this type of cosmetic surgery, please contact our Chicago, Illinois office today to arrange for a free consultation and discover if you are a good candidate.