Who are the ideal candidates for abdominoplasty?

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Find out what the criteria are for undergoing an abdominoplasty and how this procedure can effectively improve your abdominal contour

Abdominoplasty is a popular surgical procedure that aims to improve abdominal contour by removing excess skin and fat and, in some cases, repairing diastasis recti abdominis muscles. However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for this procedure. 

In this article, we will explore the criteria that define ideal candidates for abdominoplasty, as well as important considerations before deciding on surgery.

Indication and Objectives of Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty is recommended for people who have excess skin, sagging and fat located in the abdomen, which have not been checked with diet and exercise. The procedure aims to provide a firmer, toned and harmonious abdominal contour, restoring patients’ self-esteem and confidence.

Identifying Ideal Candidates

Excess Abdominal Skin

Ideal candidates for abdominoplasty often have significant excess skin in the abdominal area, which may be the result of significant weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. This sagging skin often cannot be eliminated with lifestyle changes alone, making surgery an effective option for improving the contour of the abdomen.

Correcting Diastasis Recti

Diastasis recti is a common problem after pregnancies or major weight changes, in which the abdominal muscles move apart. Abdominoplasty is able to correct this condition by repositioning and suturing the rectus muscles, creating a flatter, more toned abdomen.

Weight Considerations

Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure and therefore ideal candidates should be close to their ideal weight before surgery. People who are still in the process of losing weight may not be suitable for surgery, as weight changes after a tummy tuck can affect the results.

General Health and Medical History

The patient’s overall health is a crucial factor in evaluating disability for abdominoplasty. It is essential that candidates are healthy, do not have medical conditions that may increase health risks, and have realistic expectations regarding the results of the procedure.

Post-Pregnancy Candidates

Many women who have gone through pregnancies want to restore their abdominal contour after giving birth. Abdominoplasty is an option for those who face difficulties in regaining the firmness and pre-pregnancy appearance of the abdomen, especially when exercise and diet do not provide the desired results.

Realistic Expectations

It is essential that candidates have realistic expectations regarding abdominoplasty. Although surgery has remarkable results, it is important to understand that recovery is a gradual process and that final results may take time to be fully visible.

Recovery and Post-Operative Care

Recovery after abdominoplasty is an important period to ensure strong results. The plastic surgeon will provide specific guidance on post-operative care, including proper provision, use of compression garments, and restrictions on strenuous physical activity. Following medical recommendations is essential for a smooth and successful recovery.

Abdominoplasty is an effective procedure to improve abdominal contour and provide aesthetic results. Ideal candidates are those who have excess abdominal skin, diastasis recti, are close to their ideal weight and are in good general health. 

Furthermore, it is important that candidates have realistic expectations and follow all the psychologist’s instructions during the recovery process. With proper care and medical monitoring, abdominoplasty can offer a significant improvement in patients’ appearance and self-esteem.


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