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Are You Eligible For A Tummy Tuck? Here Are The Health Requirements

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A tummy tuck is a great way to get rid of all that pesky saggy skin and fat around your stomach. This gives you a more toned definition and makes many people feel better about themselves. Confidence is key, and a tummy tuck gives you just that. However, a tummy tuck is still a medical procedure and, like all medical procedures, there are still some risks associated with it. To manage these risks, cosmetic surgeons will only perform a tummy tuck if they know it will be successful and have no complications. Here are a few of the deciding factors as to whether you can get a tummy tuck.


A tummy tuck is not the solution to being overweight, and it is not designed to remove kilograms of fat. The amount of skin and fat that is removed is usually very small. For example, a tummy tuck is sometimes used after pregnancy to remove skin that is not returning to its prenatal condition. While a tummy tuck is not just used by new mothers, that gives you an idea of the amount of skin and fat that is generally removed during a tummy tuck. For those that are looking for a quick fix for a weight problem, there are other procedures that are more intensive that your cosmetic surgeon would be happy to discuss with you. 

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

A common theme for most cosmetic surgeries is that if you have a serious pre-existing medical condition, the doctors will refuse to operate. Cosmetic surgery is very important in allowing people to live their best lives, but it is not so important that surgeons will risk damaging your vital systems through surgery. Pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes, heart arrhythmia, respiratory conditions and high blood pressure can all be aggravated by surgery, and it is not worth the risk to your health to undergo them.

Not Planning On Getting Pregnant Again

A tummy tuck is still a significant surgical procedure, and most cosmetic surgeons won't operate if you have plans on having more children in the future. The surgery can affect the muscles and sinews in areas that are vital for pregnancy, and this means that it very likely would hinder that process. Many women wait until after their last pregnancy before they opt for a tummy tuck. In the meantime, your cosmetic surgeon could walk you through a range of other options including both surgical and non-surgical treatment plans.