Am I a Candidate For a Tummy Tuck?

If you have excess fat and skin on your abdomen, a tummy tuck may be the right procedure to get you looking your best. At New Image Plastic Surgery Associates in Virginia, Dr. Roberta L. Gartside performs mini tummy tucks and full tummy tucks.

During a mini tummy tuck, Dr. Gartside will remove unwanted fat and skin from your lower abdomen to create a firmer, slimmer look. A full tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is more appropriate for women who have lost muscle tone due to pregnancy or who have lost significant amounts of weight and are dealing with an excess of skin in the abdominal area.

To be an ideal candidate for either procedure, you should be:

  • Close to your ideal weight
  • In good general health
  • In need of removing sagging skin and fat from your abdomen

If you have a large amount of abdominal fat, you will not be a good candidate for this procedure. A tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution. Also, if you are not done having children, you should wait until after your family is complete to have a tummy tuck procedure. The muscles that are repaired in a full tummy tuck can separate again during another pregnancy.

As always, it is a good idea to consult with your plastic surgeon about whether the procedure you are considering is right for you at this time. Dr. Gartside can help you understand what the benefits are for mini tummy tucks, full tummy tucks, and mommy makeovers, and she will recommend the procedure that is right for you.

If you would like a tummy tuck consultation in Virginia, please contact New Image Plastic Surgery Associates to schedule your time with Dr. Roberta L. Gartside.