Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

If you have sagging, loose skin in the abdominal area after pregnancy or major weight loss, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can tighten this skin and the underlying abdominal muscles that have become stretched out, providing you with a firmer, more contoured stomach area.

However, it’s important to realize that the tummy tuck procedure may not be right for everyone. Apart from having excess skin and fat in the stomach region, a good tummy tuck candidate should also:

  • Be in strong overall health
  • Be close to your ideal weight
  • Not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations

During your consultation, Dr. Kleto will thoroughly examine your medical history to ensure you do not have a condition that would make surgery more risky, and that you are not currently taking medications that would interfere with healing.

It’s also important to consider your future pregnancy plans. If you are planning to have more children in the future, you may want to wait until after you are finished having children altogether before undergoing a tummy tuck. Pregnancy can negatively affect your tummy tuck results, making a second procedure necessary.

If you have further questions about abdominoplasty, please contact Dean Kleto, M.D. today or call 865-524-2442 to schedule an initial consultation. We serve patients throughout Knoxville, Sevierville, and Knox County, Tennessee.


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