Tummy tuck surgery is a popular type of plastic surgery in Tampa, St Petersburg, Naples, Clearwater, Sarasota and the surrounding area, and for good reason: it can drastically improve the appearance of midsections that have lost their tone or are covered in saggy skin. However, like any cosmetic surgery, it may not be the best solution for everyone.

For instance, those who are not at their ideal weight or within 15 to 20 pounds, are not good candidates for a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty. Achieving your ideal weight before getting the surgery helps ensure the best aesthetic results possible. If you continue to lose a lot of weight post surgery, the appearance of the abdomen may change and touch-up surgery may be needed to reshape the abdomen again. Women who plan to become pregnant may also not be appropriate candidates for a tummy tuck. That is because the distention of the abdomen during pregnancy could undo the muscle tightening achieved during the procedure. Additionally, a pregnancy may result in the stretching of skin which would undo the smooth, tight look created by the tummy tuck.

So who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck? Generally speaking, those who are at a healthy weight, are not planning a pregnancy, and have loose, sagging abdominal skin or stretched abdominal muscles are great candidates. It’s a popular procedure for women who have had children as well as for those who have lost a large amount of weight either through diet and exercise or gastric bypass. Good candidates also have realistic goals for the surgery outcome and their overall appearance. Of course, the only way to truly know if a tummy tuck is right for you is to consult a reputable plastic surgeon. In Tampa, St Petersburg, Sarasota, Clearwater, Naples, and across the Bay area, thousands of patients have trusted Dr. Daniel Greenwald at Bayshore Plastic Surgery.

If you’d like a tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Greenwald, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery today at 877-873-7522. You can also view before and after photos of the procedure in our gallery, under abdominoplasty, and read about those photos by clicking here.