Santa Barbara


Studio City



slim woman with firm tummyIt feels like you’ve been thinking about a tummy tuck for ages. Every time you catch your reflection you think about what your waistline could look like with that little finishing touch. But how do you know when it’s the best time for a tummy tuck? Here are three major milestones you can use as a guide to decide if the time is right.

  1. You’ve Hit Your Goal Weight… and Maintained

    Once you’ve worked hard to get yourself to your goal weight, you might be tempted to dive right in and get a tummy tuck. But it’s probably better to hold off until you’ve maintained your ideal weight for a while. Once you feel secure that your size isn’t going to change drastically, a tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fatty deposits that diet and exercise haven’t helped. People who have lost just a small amount of weight and want to correct a flabby appearance only below their belly button might be candidates for a mini tummy tuck instead.

  2. Your Family Is Complete

    A tummy tuck is best saved for after you’re finished having children. Pregnancy can dramatically change the shape and composition of your body so it’s best to wait until after you’ve healed and your family is complete to consider a tummy tuck. Getting pregnant again after abdominoplasty could compromise your results.  

    While pregnancy after a tummy tuck isn’t unsafe for your or your baby, additional pregnancies could impact your tummy tuck results.

  3. You’ve Developed Healthy Habits

    It’s the right time for a tummy tuck if you feel like you’re at a healthy place in your life. You’ve kicked your smoking habit, you’re consistently eating well and you’re feeling stronger than ever. These are three key indicators that you’re at a prime time to consider getting in on the benefits of a tummy tuck. You’ll be better equipped to handle the surgery physically and emotionally if you’re at a heathy place.


Dr. Daniel G. Kolder

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

As a highly trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Kolder’s specialties include:
Tummy Tucks + Liposuction + Breast Augmentation + Breast Lifts + Breast Reduction + Facelifts + Armlifts + Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty, as well as a variety of non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Dr. Kolder is also known to have a warm, easy manner, compassionate care, with surgical results that are beautiful and natural.

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Patient Testimonial

“I was so pleased I chose to go to Dr Kolder! Not only do I love his staff, they are so helpful, efficient and just plain fun to talk to, Dr. Kolder makes you feel at ease with his knowledge and disposition. My surgery results were amazing and my recovery was made easy knowing I could call any time and get immediate attention and information. I highly recommend Dr. Kolder and his entire staff…”