Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Are you struggling to get a flat abdomen, no matter how much you exercise or stick to a healthy diet? Here’s how a tummy tuck could be a solution and how to know if this is the right plastic surgery procedure for you.


For many people who have experienced significant weight loss or being pregnant, dealing with extra skin that doesn’t want to go away can cause unwanted discomfort and stress, especially when it affects daily activities like what clothing to wear and how to exercise. Fortunately for them, an abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) is the solution to getting the slimmer figure they want.

An abdominoplasty, commonly known as a “tummy tuck,” is one of the most popular surgical procedures. This cosmetic treatment removes excess fat and skin in the abdomen region while also restoring weakened muscles that have been affected by factors such as pregnancy or weight loss to sculpt a smoother, firmer abdomen.

The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who:
• Has excessive or sagging skin in the abdominal region and is bothered by it
• Is at or near ideal weight
• Has no future pregnancies planned
• Has weakened muscles in the abdominal region (not required)
• Is a nonsmoker
• Has realistic expectations

During your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James Chappell, he will work with you to determine which kind of tummy tuck procedure is best for you based on your goals and figure.

He will go through the procedure with you step-by-step beforehand, from how to prepare for the surgery, what will happen during it, and the necessary steps to recover properly. Since this surgical procedure requires a more extended healing period than others, you will need to abstain from strenuous physical activities and take time off work as needed.

The recovery period usually lasts six weeks. You will have a scar from the incision that will heal and eventually fade over time.

After having a tummy tuck, you will see a noticeable difference in your appearance and self-esteem. With a healthy diet and regular exercise, you will experience lasting results of a more well-defined midsection.

If you believe you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck, call the office of Annapolis Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. James Chappell.