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Tummy Tuck Candidates

Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

When considering a tummy tuck procedure (also called an abdominoplasty) with Dr. Ching in Honolulu, Hawaii, it’s important to first understand what a tummy tuck is intended for. This cosmetic procedure is aimed at contouring your abdominal area. Many patients come to us with excess skin, unwanted fat and bulging of the abdomen that cannot be eliminated through exercise and diet.

Women who have gone through pregnancy are often good candidates for a tummy tuck. The strain that this puts on their skin and muscles create the conditions that a tummy tuck treats precisely.

Expectations for Your Tummy Tuck

However, just like any plastic surgery, the best tummy tuck candidate will have realistic expectations of what can be accomplished. Those expecting a miraculous return to their youthful form will usually be disappointed.

Realistic candidates also understand that this is not a substitute for a good diet and/or exercise. You should try both before considering a tummy tuck. The natural route is always the best one.

This procedure can produce dramatic results for some, but you must go into the initial consultation with the understanding that limitations do exist. Dr. Ching will give you a realistic idea of what can be done for you and your body. His desire is the same as yours — the best possible cosmetic results and protecting your health.

General Guidelines for Tummy Tuck Candidates

Some benchmarks to keep in mind that make good tummy tuck candidates:

  • You are in good physical health
  • You’re not excessively overweight
  • You have no plans for future pregnancies
  • You’re not currently pregnant

Those considering having children in the future are cautioned against a tummy tuck for good reason. The procedure involves the tightening of muscles that could become separated again during pregnancy. Therefore it is best that you be clear on whether having children- or more children- is in your future when deciding on an abdominoplasty

Again, this article is not a definitive test on whether you are a good candidate or not. That decision should be reserved for you and Dr. Ching at your consultation in our Honolulu offices. However, these guidelines will give you an idea of what conditions make for the best prospect.

Contact us today for a personal, confidential consultation with Dr. Ching regarding tummy tuck surgery in Hawaii. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and concerns. Or go to our main Hawaii Tummy Tuck page.

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