Whether a person has excess skin and fat due to pregnancy, age or fluctuating weight, a tummy tuck procedure can be helpful to a wide spectrum of patients. Still, while it can help out many different people, there are certain adults who make better candidates for the surgery than others.
A tummy tuck is not a viable substitute for weight loss, so patients should be healthy and in relatively good shape before deciding on the procedure. As such, some of the best candidates are women who have had multiple children or older adults, both of whom may be in good physical condition, yet still contend with loose or sagging skin. Along with being in good physical shape, the best candidates for tummy tucks, and most plastic surgery, are people who don't smoke.
In addition to being physically ready, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) also says that the ideal candidate has realistic expectations. Anybody who has seen tummy tuck photos knows that while the procedure can significantly tighten skin, it cannot help with weight loss.
You may want to think twice about getting a tummy tuck for a few reasons. For instance, if you're not done having children or are still overweight you may want to postpone the procedure.