Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Many of us aspire to a taut, toned abdomen – but it is an elusive thing. And for some women, those whose muscles or skin have been excessively separated or stretched, it appears to be beyond reach. Cosmetic surgeon Mr Maisam Fazel sees many patients in his Essex clinic whose abdomens have not recovered either from pregnancy or from dramatic weight loss, who despair at the saggy skin on their otherwise slender frame. They are certain they want a surgical solution – but are they suitable? The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is…

… in good health.

All surgery carries a risk, but this risk is lower if a patient has a low BMI, is not a smoker, and doesn’t have complicated health problems such as diabetes. Being both physically and mentally well makes you better able to cope with surgery.

… understands what is involved.

If you have done your research and understand what the procedure entails, then you can make informed cosmetic surgery decisions. Mr Fazel encourages all his patients to ask as many questions as they need.

… is at the right time of life.

While there is no medical reason not to have a baby after your tummy tuck, pregnancy will seriously compromise the improvements surgery has made. If you think your childbearing days are not yet over, it is a good idea to put your abdominoplasty plans on pause.

… is committed to looking after the results.

Patients presenting at Mr Maisam Fazel’s Essex mummy makeover clinic frequently ask what they can do to preserve the results of their tummy tuck. The most effective way is to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and a stable weight.

… has realistic expectations.

Cosmetic surgery has its limitations. It is imperative that anyone considering a tummy tuck is realistic in what they are aiming to achieve; those who are tend to be the more satisfied with the results.

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