Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the mid to the lower abdomen as well as tightening of the abdominal muscles. If the procedure appeals to you, the best thing to do is see a plastic surgeon and find out if you are a good candidate. Who is a good candidate for abdominoplasty? Someone who has extra skin on the abdomen and muscle weakness will benefit from the procedure. A good candidate should also be healthy in order to tolerate the surgery. Women who have given birth one or more times can benefit from the procedure. Mothers can have muscle weakness after childbirth. Others can have loose skin and excess fat. A tummy tuck can help them regain their body contours prior to pregnancy. Older people are also good candidates for the procedure provided that they are in good physical shape. The aging process causes the skin to lose its elasticity, resulting in saggy skin. Individuals who have gone through bariatric surgery lose massive amounts of weight and are good candidates for an abdominoplasty. In fact, bariatric surgery is the most common reason why males get a tummy tuck. Who is not a good candidate? Those who do not have good health need to go through a comprehensive exam before he or she can be considered. Those who are overweight may have to lose weight first. The presence of scars from an abdominal surgery in the past can also affect a person’s candidacy. It is also best for women who still want to have children to postpone the surgical procedure since pregnancy can cause the separation of muscles repaired during abdominoplasty. If you are interested in abdominoplasty in The Woodlands, Conroe, Sugarland, Katy, Kingwood, Spring and Houston, Texas, set up an appointment with Dr. Wilberto G. Cortés. Dr. Cortés will perform a thorough assessment and identify if a tummy tuck is right for you.