Is a Tummy Tuck Right For Me?

Is a Tummy Tuck Right For Me?

Do I need a tummy tuck? Can I get rid of this pooch with diet and exercise? Will liposuction alone help? These are common questions that we hear from many of our patients. And the answer is probably YES, probably NO, and Maybe.

For many patients, the midsection is one of the hardest areas to tone with diet and exercise.
Especially if you have had a kid (or two…or three). Pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and genetics can all affect the skin and muscles of the tummy. And unfortunately, sometimes diet and exercise is just not enough. That’s where Dr. Niki Christopoulos comes in. She will examine you, discuss with you your ultimate goals and wishes and then together, you will come up with the best plan for YOU!

Am I a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery?

Liposuction alone is ideal for patients who are at or quite near their ideal body weight and have overall good skin quality with minimal skin excess. For patients with skin excess or a separation of their abdominal muscles (also known as a diastasis rectus), a tummy tuck is the gold standard. A formal tummy tuck will remove the excess skin, repair your abdominal muscle separation and sculpt your waist. Dr. Christopoulos almost always uses liposuction in addition to a tummy tuck to further define your muscles.
You are an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck if you are:

  • Finished having children
  • Relatively healthy
  • A non-smoker
  • As close to your ideal body weight as you think you will get

Plan for 7 days of not working – if working from home – and maybe 10-14 days of not working if you have to go into the office. Some patients may need more time if they have a physically demanding job. While you will see the difference right away, it takes several weeks to months for final results.


“Dr. Christopoulos is hands down the best surgeon I have ever worked with. She is professional, knowledgeable, caring, attentive and meticulous. My entire experience with her from start to finish, was smooth and easy. Dr. Christopolous was honest In every consult and was really involved. She achieved my desired results and exceeded my expectations. I will never look to another surgeon. Thank you, Dr. Christopoulos I could not be happier with my results and process. Thank you!!!” -RealSelf Tummy Tuck Patient
“From the very start Dr. Niki made me feel comfortable and at ease. She explained every detail of what was going to happen, took the time to answer all my questions and called me to check in on the evening after surgery. She is amazing! Aside from her great bedside manner, she does GREAT work! I’m 8 weeks out and look and feel fabulous! I can’t thank DR Niki enough!” -RealSelf Mommy Makeover Patient

Choosing Dr. Christopoulos for your tummy tuck surgery

A Tummy Tuck can be transformative to a patient’s life and sense of well-being. However, it is surgery and careful consideration is necessary. Proper planning and preparation, thoughtful surgical care, and supervised postoperative care are critically important to ensure safe outcomes and to optimize results. This kind of surgery should only be performed by an experienced, highly-trained Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon such as Dr. Niki Christopoulos. Please call our office today at 312-245-9965 ext. 1290 to schedule a personalized consultation.