Relatively fit men or women who are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won't respond to diet or exercise are the best candidates for a tummy tuck. Older patients who have experienced a loss in their skin elasticity, which occurs frequently with slight obesity, can also be improved.
A tummy tuck is especially effective for women who have had multiple pregnancies and stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Although for women who plan future pregnancies should wait, as vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy.
If you intend to lose a lot of weight, postponing a tummy tuck is a strong consideration. Additionally if you have scarring from previous abdominal surgery, your doctor may recommend against abdominoplasty or may caution you that scars could be unusually prominent.
Abdominoplasty can enhance your appearance and your self confidence, but it won't necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.