Who Can Benefit From Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Following Weight Loss
After massive weight loss, it is typical for the skin to develop laxity. Having large, loose folds of skin hanging from the midsection can lead to emotional distress as well as infections and chafing. During a tummy tuck, the extra skin is removed for a more comfortable form.
Loss of skin elasticity around the midsection, stretch marks on the belly, and diastasis recti (stretched or separated abdominal muscles) are common post-pregnancy conditions. A tummy tuck can repair these permanent changes for a more satisfying abdominal aesthetic.
The face is not the only part of the body that experiences skin laxity during the natural aging process. Patients with loose or excess abdominal skin can benefit from a tummy tuck that may or may not include muscle tightening.
Tummy Tuck Options
Standard Tummy Tuck
After the skin and underlying tissues are separated from the abdominal wall, your abdominal muscles are tightened to improve definition and shape in the midsection. Stretch marks that appear on the lower abdomen are eliminated as the affected skin is removed. In some cases, liposuction is performed to remove stubborn fat deposits in areas that are not related to the blood supply needed to support the tissue that is moved to replace the resected skin and fat.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck treats deformities that fall between the belly button and the pubis. During this procedure, the lower abdominal muscles are tightened, and a small amount of excess skin and fat are removed. The scar is less extensive and shorter than that of the standard tummy tuck. Liposuction can be used more liberally.
Extended Tummy Tuck
An extended tummy tuck is for patients with an abundance of excess sagging skin around the abdomen that extends to the lower flanks and to the hip rolls toward the lateral lower back fat. The procedure is similar to that of a standard tummy tuck, except it is meant to treat a wider area as well as one that extends more laterally.
Umbilicoplasty reshapes and improves the overall contour of the belly button, which may have become distorted with pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss, or aging. This procedure may be performed alone or as part of a tummy tuck.
Before & After Examples
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will my tummy tuck results last?
The results of a tummy tuck are permanent as long as you maintain a healthy weight and do not bear any children following your surgery. Extreme weight fluctuations and pregnancy can compromise the outcome of a tummy tuck.
When will I see the final results of my tummy tuck?
It is normal to experience some swelling at the surgical site for several weeks. It may take as long as three months to see the final results without any residual swelling.
How old do I need to be to undergo a tummy tuck?
There is no set age for tummy tuck surgery; however, it is best to wait until after you are done bearing children to have a tummy tuck. Being at or near your goal weight before a tummy tuck will also help you achieve optimal results from your surgery.
Can I combine my tummy tuck with other procedures?
Many women choose to combine a tummy tuck with procedures like breast augmentation, breast lift, and liposuction. Grouping these procedures is commonly referred to as a Mommy Makeover, and it is an efficient way to save on recovery time and costs.