Everyone has their own individual reason for having an abdominoplasty, and every case and person is different. But who is the typical tummy tuck patient?
An abdominoplasty is a great solution to many tummy related issues, for restoring separated stomach muscles and remove excess skin, for example. It can also be an alternative for people who have scars from other belly surgeries or C-sections and are unhappy with the result. The most common patient for a tummy tuck is a woman in her 30’s or 40’s who have children, and are normally done with her family formation. The two major reasons for this patient to choose abdominoplasty are pregnancy and heavy weight loss.
Find out more in our guide: How to restore separated stomach muscles and remove excess skin.
After being pregnant
A majority of women will get separated abdominal muscles from pregnancy. When the belly grows really fast from the inside, the inner organs and muscles move to make place for the baby. After childbirth, the stomach muscles might have trouble restoring themselves and tightening back up. The condition called “mummy tummy” is caused by separated stomach muscles, and this is perhaps the most common reason for having an abdominoplasty.
After losing a lot of weight
The second most common reason for a tummy tuck is if the patient have lost a lot of weight rather quickly, no matter if it’s related to pregnancy or not. When you lose a lot of weight fast, your body might not be able to catch up with itself, and any separated stomach muscles will stay that way. At the same time, it’s impossible for the outstretched skin on the belly to shrink in the same pace. Heavy weight loss may therefore also leave a lot of excess skin on the belly – a common issue for abdominoplasty.
In good health
A procedure as extensive as an abdominoplasty also requires the patient to be of reasonable good health. Most patients are relatively fit and generally not excessively overweight. Abdominoplasty is not an alternative for weight loss, which is important to be aware of. This is also one of the three reasons why we sometimes don’t recommend abdominoplasty.