What Would Disqualify You from Tummy Tuck Surgery?

By: Dr. Nana Mizuguchi


Have you been considering cosmetic help to achieve a flatter, more fit-looking stomach? With advances in medical technologies and various tummy tucks to choose from, depending on your goals and body type, it is easier than ever for Louisville, KY women and men to achieve a toned, tighter midsection. Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a body contouring procedure that removes loose skin, unwanted fat, and tightens underlying abdominal muscles. Plastic surgery for body contouring can be an exciting option, but are there any reasons that might make a person ineligible for tummy tuck surgery?

At Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery in Louisville, KY, dual board-certified aesthetic and plastic surgeon Dr. Nana Mizuguchi has performed numerous tummy tuck procedures and understands what qualifications are needed to transform your figure. If you consider this body contouring procedure, there are some factors to know about before tummy tuck surgery.

What is tummy tuck surgery?

A tummy tuck can offer Louisville, KY patients a tighter, flatter stomach. It is a surgical procedure that removes loose skin, isolated pockets of fat with liposuction, and tightens underlying abdominal muscles. There are also different tummy tuck methods to consider to match your aesthetic needs. However, it is not a body contouring technique intended for a weight management solution. It is generally recommended that patients be at or near their ideal body weight before tummy tuck surgery, typically within 15 – 20 pounds. Although a person's weight may be a factor, some factors might temporarily delay this elective surgery.

What other factors might delay my tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck procedure is considered major surgery. Patients should be aware that not everybody is an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck. During a one-on-one consultation, Dr. Mizuguchi will help patients set realistic expectations. He will assess each patient, determine a surgical plan, but more importantly, ensure no underlying factors, like the following, might delay the process:

  • Preexisting health issues
  • Currently smoking or using tobacco products
  • Obese or overweight
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30
  • Any previous clotting issues or surgical complications
  • Currently taking any medications, anticoagulants, or supplements that might interfere

Tummy tuck Louisville, KY – what are the benefits?

Diet and exercise are sometimes not enough to give you the toned stomach you desire. Tummy tuck surgery can be a life-changing procedure for both women and men. Excess skin removal and fat reduction with liposuction can allow patients to be comfortable wearing specific clothing or feel more confident about their appearance. Patients can be more active and explore other workout options without excess fat and saggy skin getting in the way. Tummy tuck surgery not only provides a flatter, more fit-looking stomach area, but it can also boost your self-esteem about your appearance.

In preparing for tummy tuck surgery, patients may be asked to adjust their current supplements or medications, get lab work done, stop smoking, and lose additional weight to be more in their ideal range. Patients who are better prepared beforehand generally have a smoother, quicker recovery. It is also equally important to follow a healthy lifestyle afterward to maintain your tummy tuck results.

At Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery, we take pride in offering our patients the care they need. If you have additional questions or want to schedule a tummy tuck consultation with dual board-certified aesthetic and plastic surgeon Dr. Nana Mizuguchi, contact our office in Louisville, KY. We look forward to hearing from you.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.