A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is performed in order to remove the excess loose skin and fat in the midsection. After the skin and fat has been removed, the patient will have a flatter stomach and a better contour of the body. The tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure. It only removes the excess skin and attached fat that is stubborn and difficult to remove. It is usually done after the patient has already lost a lot of weight through diet and exercise. A tummy tuck should only be done after you have lost some weight and not as a solution to overweight problems. A tummy tuck procedure can be done if the patient is in a good state of health. It is imperative that they lose weight first before they undergo a tummy tuck. For some people, a tummy tuck can also be done along with liposuction in order to remove more of the excess fat. It is suggested that the best time to get a tummy tuck is when you have already reached a plateau weight. You have reached your plateau weight when, after losing weight, you are no longer losing extra weight despite following a regimen of diet and exercise. This is the time when you can already have the tummy tuck surgery. The tummy tuck surgery is also great for moms who already had multiple pregnancies and want to remove the excess skin on their abdomen. Through this procedure, the abdominal muscles can also be fixed and tightened during the surgery. Only when a woman is done having children should she decide to go for a tummy tuck surgery because having a pregnancy after the tummy tuck can separate the muscles that were already fixed. Patients who wish to undergo a tummy tuck surgery should only go through with the surgery after they have fully understood how the procedure will be performed, the risks involved, and the expected results after the procedure. They must have realistic expectations of the results so that they will not be disappointed in the end. It is also recommended for the patient to take a leave from work after the surgery so he or she can heal and recover properly before going back to work. The patient will also be warned not to go on a strict diet before, during, and after the surgery because the body needs all the nutrients in order to heal properly. Most surgeons also recommend to quit smoking 1-2 months prior to the surgery and until you are healed. Smoking can cause a lot of negative effects and quitting smoking is the only way to avoid these risks from happening. Only when you are ready to commit to doing this should you go for the tummy tuck surgery.