To plan for an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck begin by booking a consultation to investigate whether this surgery is suitable for you.

The ideal candidate for a full abdominoplasty has completed their family with no further pregnancies planned. They must also be a non-smoker and have attained as near to their ideal weight as possible. They must also be motivated in keeping with lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and exercising. And, they must have no major medical conditions such as heart disease, a history of thrombosis or uncontrolled diabetes.

Abdominoplasty is not a good operation for the obese. Like liposuction, abdominoplasty is best for those who have lost weight through diet and exercise and have attained their ideal body weight but have a remaining “apron” of fat and lax skin. Similarly, it will not tackle the problem of intra-abdominal obesity.

A mini-abdominoplasty is the only type of abdominoplasty that I am prepared to consider in smokers. This is due to a significant increase in the incidence of skin slough in these patients.

If you are a suitable candidate we will discuss your expectations. You need to have a good understanding of what can be achieved and what the realistic expectations should be.