What Qualifies Me for a Tummy Tuck?

A protruding, puffy belly may be standing between you and a positive body image. You may feel especially frustrated if you have worked hard at slimming down your abdominal area with fitness and diet, but haven’t seen the results you want. If you are ready to remove the excess skin and fat on your abdominal area, then you are probably a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery.

Also called abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure in which the surgeon removes the excess tissue and re-drapes the remaining skin over the body contour, resulting in a flatter, smoother, tauter tummy area.

A consultation with Dr. Charles Chalekson is the only way to know if your health and aesthetic goals qualify for this procedure. Some of the items you will discuss include:

  • Your overall health and medical history, including any past surgeries
  • Known allergies to medications or anesthesia
  • Your goals and what you would like to change about your body
  • What you expect tummy tuck results to look like
  • Your preparedness for surgery and a brief period of downtime as you recover
  • Whether you smoke (and if you are willing to quit – at least temporarily)
  • Your current body weight and whether you are actively pursuing significant weight loss

A tummy tuck is not a way to lose weight, so you should be at or near your ideal body weight. This body contouring procedure refines your shape by removing stubborn fat. It does not lead to significant reduction in overall body weight like a bariatric procedure does.


Oftentimes, a harmless but aesthetically unpleasant condition known as diastasis recti affects people whose abdomens have grown and stretched significantly. This most often affects women during pregnancy. The whole belly grows as the baby grows, and this causes the muscles overlying the abdomen to stretch, sometimes to the point of separation, so that a gap is created between the muscles at the midway-point of the abdomen. When this happens, women often have a difficult time toning their abdomens after childbirth because no amount of exercise repairs the stretched out abdominal muscles. If you have this condition, then Dr. Chalekson can correct it as part of your tummy tuck by joining the muscles together.


If you are wondering if you are a good candidate for abdominoplasty, please call the practice of experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Chalekson. We look forward to arranging your visit at our Templeton, CA office!


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