Are You a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

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Undergoing a tummy tuck can give you the boost in confidence you deserve, especially after dramatic weight loss or pregnancy. With the help of double board-certified reconstructive and plastic surgeon Dr. David Yonick, you can finally achieve your body goals. Whether you’ve already made up your mind about undergoing a tummy tuck — medically known as abdominoplasty — or you still have questions, contact Yonick Plastic Surgery in Midland, MI to schedule a consultation. In the meantime, read on to find out if you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck.

Close to your goal weight

A tummy tuck isn’t a weight-loss cure; rather it’s a tool to help you tie all of your efforts together. Dr. Yonick finds that some of the best candidates for a tummy tuck are men and women who are at (or relatively close to) a healthy body weight. To minimize your risk of weight gain in the future, you should ideally have a healthy diet and exercise routine in place before undergoing abdominoplasty. After all, you want your results to last a lifetime.

Family is complete

For women, it’s important to talk with your partner about your future family planning. Before undergoing tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Yonick encourages women in Midland, MI to not have a tummy tuck if they intend to become pregnant in the future. A future pregnancy may alter the optimal results you achieve after your abdominoplasty, since abdominal muscles can separate.

Overall good health

Ensuring you’re in overall good health is important before considering any type of plastic surgery. Dr. Yonick is diligent about going over the details of your personal and family medical history during your initial consultation. For instance, he needs to know about any underlying health conditions and all medications you regularly take (including over-the-counter supplements). Dr. Yonick could recommend a full physical, lab work, and specialized screenings (such as an electrocardiogram or EKG) to better determine if you’re a candidate for abdominoplasty.


To be a good candidate for a tummy tuck, it’s important that you don’t smoke. Ideally, you should quit smoking for at least one month before your surgery. Dr. Yonick might recommend waiting even longer in some cases. The issue with smoking when it comes to plastic surgery is that it can dramatically slow down wound healing. When this occurs, your risk of infection increases, as does the possibility of skin necrosis (skin death). If you need help with smoking cessation, talk with Dr. Yonick. He can guide you in the right direction and support you, so, in time, you can undergo a tummy tuck.

Realistic expectations

A tummy tuck can sculpt your midsection, often by removing stubborn belly fat, tightening your abdominal muscles, trimming away excess skin, and performing any other necessary steps to enhance your natural features. But it’s important that you have realistic expectations about your procedure. Dr. Yonick spends quality time educating you about what abdominoplasty can do for you (and what it can’t do). He keeps you involved in every step of the decision-making process, so you can ensure your expectations are met.

At Yonick Plastic Surgery, double board-certified reconstructive and plastic surgeon Dr. David Yonick personalizes your tummy tuck surgery to your body and individual needs. Between a mini tummy tuck, a full tummy tuck, and a personalized mommy makeover package — and everything in between — you have plenty of solutions available at this state-of-the-art Midland, MI practice. To find out if you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck, book a consultation online or by phone today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.