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Ideal Candidate for a Tummy Tuck

Find out who is the ideal candidate for a tummy tuck from plastic surgeon Robert J. Morin, M.D. in this Howcast video.


A patient who is an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck procedure is a patient who has excess skin in the lower part of their abdomen, or belly. Often, these patients have already had all of their children and their lower skin is stretched out.

There are sometimes stretch marks on the lower skin, and there's just a lot of loose, excess tissue. Additional things that make patients ideal candidates for a tummy tuck is not being a smoker, having had all of the children that they're planning on having because once a tummy tuck is performed, all of the structures of the abdomen are tightened, and if one were to have another child, everything would loosen up again and stretch out.

So ideally, the best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are patients with excess skin who would not benefit from liposuction alone, patients who have had all of their children, and patients who don't smoke cigarettes.

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