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Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

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Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tucks are becoming increasingly popular, thanks to their unique ability to transform the appearance of your midsection. They’re great for anyone who has lost a lot of weight, wants to boost their confidence, or is looking to recover their figure after pregnancy.

Figuring out whether you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck, though, isn’t always easy. It’s a major operation. So how do you know if you’re ready? Read on to find out.

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is also known as an abdominoplasty. Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that treats sagging or damaged tissue in the abdominal region. During the procedure, Dr. Tenley Lawton strengthens underlying muscles and tightens lax skin to return the stomach region to its former appearance.

Many patients view tummy tucks as purely cosmetic procedures, like liposuction. However, their benefits go well beyond simple aesthetics. Abdominoplasty can give you a new lease on life, boosting your confidence and brightening your future.

Who is a Good Candidate for Abdominoplasty?

Many women believe that they can restore the appearance of their midsection after pregnancy by eating well and performing abdominal exercises. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. As babies grow in the womb, they push against the abdominal muscles and can tear a piece of tissue called the fascia which holds abdominal muscles together. When this happens, the abs can become permanently separated and no amount of lifestyle change will return the abdomen to its pre-pregnancy state. Thus, previously pregnant women make excellent abdominoplasty candidates.

The same process can occur in people with a history of weight gain. Fat in the abdomen stretches and warps skin and muscle in the abdomen, preventing it from snapping back to normal, even after weight loss. Again, the only way to get a flatter, firmer stomach is to opt for a tummy tuck.

In summary, tummy tuck patients typically have the following characteristics:

  • Loose skin around the belly, including skin that hangs below the waistline
  • Lines and wrinkles around the belly button
  • Stretch marks around the abdomen
  • Damaged fascia causing irregularly-shaped muscles visible through the skin

Patients who see the best results are:

  • A healthy, stable weight
  • Nonsmokers in the run-up to surgery and during recovery
  • Realistic about the results that a tummy tuck can achieve
  • Willing to maintain results by following a healthy lifestyle

Both men and women can get abdominoplasties.


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks performed by Dr. Lawton offer a host of benefits.

  • A more toned appearance: After a tummy tuck, your stomach area will look visually smoother and firmer, like it did in your youth. 
  • The completion of your transformation: If you have sagging skin and loose muscles from weight loss, a tummy tuck can complete your transformation. You’ve done the hard work – now it’s time to enjoy the results!
  • The removal of stretch marks: Tummy tucks can help reduce the appearance of scarring following weight gain and pregnancy. 
  • Improvements in how you stand: Lastly, abdominoplasty removes excess tissue, which could improve your posture. 

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*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about tummy tucks? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. Proudly serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

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