Is Abdominoplasty Right For You?

There are many people who benefit from body contouring procedures like a tummy tuck. Using this procedure Kansas City plastic surgeon Dr. Matt Chhatre has helped many men and women get rid of excess skin and correct slack abdominal muscles to achieve a better-looking abdomen than would be possible with diet and exercise alone. It can also help women get rid of stretch marks acquired during pregnancy or weight loss.

If you have excess skin and a slack, hanging belly, a tummy tuck might be the right procedure for you. Below we talk about some of the characteristics of a good candidate for a tummy tuck, but the best way to evaluate your candidacy is to schedule a consultation at Summit Plastic Surgery and Med Spa.

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Physical Attributes

A good tummy tuck candidate has made an effort to combat excess fat and skin and slack abdominal muscles through a combination of diet and exercise. Not only will this help Dr. Chhatre in evaluating your condition and planning your surgery, but it will reduce your risk of complications. Overall, a good tummy tuck candidate is:

  •  At or near an ideal body weight
  •  Leading an active lifestyle
  •  In good general health
  •  A non-smoker

People with all these characteristics tend to get the best possible results with the shortest recovery times. If you do not fit all these characteristics, it does not disqualify you, but it may affect your surgery. During your  initial consultation, Dr. Chhatre will give you a better idea what to expect if your condition is less than ideal.

Mental Attributes

In some ways, being mentally ready for your tummy tuck procedure is more important than being physically ready. Your  psychological state is very important to your recovery. A good candidate for a tummy tuck is:

  • Emotionally healthy
  • Has a positive outlook
  • Understands the procedure
  • Has realistic expectations about results

In particular, having realistic expectations is very important to being a good candidate for a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck can dramatically improve your appearance. We invite you to look at our before and after gallery for tummy tuck to get a good idea of results you can expect after your tummy tuck procedure. You should also consider alternative procedures like liposuction that may give good results in your case.

If you would like to get a thorough evaluation of your candidacy for tummy tuck, please call or email us today.