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How to Determine if You’re a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck

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Do you find it impossible to get a flat abdomen, no matter how much you exercise or stick to a good diet? Here’s how a tummy tuck can help and how to know if this is the right plastic surgery procedure for you.


A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is an extremely popular plastic surgery procedure that is designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen. When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, it is an excellent way to correct loose and sagging skin from the abdomen which may be caused by: 

  • Pregnancy
  • Significant weight fluctuations
  • Aging
  • Genetics

Whatever the reason, an abdominoplasty offers many benefits, such as long-lasting results, enhanced confidence, and improved skin appearance in the treatment area. 


Our Plastic Surgeons Offer Safe and Customized Tummy Tucks In Kelowna 

At our Kelowna clinic, our team of board-certified plastic surgeons are experienced in a wide range of body contouring procedures and can develop a customized tummy tuck surgery to fit your lifestyle and help you successfully achieve your aesthetic goals.

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Are You a Good Candidate for an Abdominoplasty? 

When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, a tummy tuck is a safe and effective way to achieve an abdomen that is more toned and flat. However, as with all types of cosmetic surgery, making the decision to undergo an abdominoplasty is not one that should be made lightly. 

The best way to make sure you are making the right choice is by scheduling a consultation with your plastic surgeon. However, to get you started, here are some signs that you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck: 

1. You Have Loose Skin Around Your Abdomen 

Although a tummy tuck can target stubborn pockets of fat, to qualify for this procedure, you must have a significant amount of skin around your abdomen. Why? Your plastic surgeon will create a fairly large incision to perform a tummy tuck and if you don’t have enough excess skin, it can lead to an unsightly scar. 

Full or Partial Tummy Tucks

However, there are both full and partial tummy tucks available. This means that if you only have excess skin below your belly button, you may still be a candidate for the latter procedure. 

2. You Are in Good General Health 

A tummy tuck is a low-risk procedure, but it is still not suitable for individuals who have serious underlying health issues. Some of the things you should consider before opting for this surgery include: 

  • You will be sedated with general anesthesia, which means you need a healthy heart and lungs
  • Autoimmune disorders and connective tissue disorders can cause serious problems during the healing process
  • If your skin typically develops thick, raised scars, you should discuss this with your plastic surgeon
Quit Smoking Before Undergoing a Tummy Tuck

Plastic surgeons instruct their patients to stop smoking prior to any surgery. Following this advice will help pave the way for a safe recovery and will help you avoid any unnecessary post-surgical complications.

3. You Aren’t Planning Any Future Pregnancies 

If you are planning to have more children, you should wait to undergo a tummy tuck. This is because future pregnancies can separate the repaired muscles and re-stretch the skin around your belly. 

This means you will have to undergo another procedure to restore the results of your first tummy tuck. However, if you do have an unexpected pregnancy, your previous tummy tuck will not affect the health of your baby. 

4. You Aren’t Planning to Lose Any More Weight 

It’s important to understand that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss surgery, and typically, you must be within 15-20 pounds of your ideal weight before undergoing the procedure. While many patients do lose weight after the procedure, if you lose more than 30 pounds, it can leave more excess skin and sagging muscles around your stomach, negating the results of your procedure. 


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To find out more about the costs and benefits of our tummy tuck procedures, or other body contouring treatments, and to learn how our plastic surgeons can help you meet all your aesthetic goals in a safe and efficient manner, contact us at 250-868-9799 or book a consultation online.


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