What Results Can You Expect From a Tummy Tuck? Before and After Photos

Before and After of actual tummy tuck patient.

A tummy tuck can give you a flatter abdomen and address issues that diet and exercise alone can’t help. If you’ve been pregnant or experienced significant weight loss, tightening your loose, excess skin may be a priority. A tummy tuck can do that, flattening and contouring your midsection so you feel good in your body once again.

If you’re wondering what a tummy tuck can specifically do for you, that’s understandable. This post will discuss typical before and after results you can expect after your procedure, so you can better understand the potential benefits.

Get a Stronger Core

Achieving tighter ab muscles is an often-overlooked benefit of a tummy tuck, especially for our patients who have just undergone a pregnancy. Pregnancy and childbirth can weaken and even separate abdominal muscles ( a condition called diastasis recti), making it difficult to engage your stomach muscles when needed. This can give your midsection a soft and distended look even after you have toned the rest of your body.

During a tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon can tighten and repair your abdominal muscles. Once these muscles are repaired, you can start engaging them during everyday activities or regular workouts to build a stronger core.

Say Goodbye To Excess Skin

Excess or extensively sagging skin can make you feel self-conscious even after you have reduced excess fat in your midsection. While diet and exercise can help you shift unwanted pounds, they can’t improve stretched-out or loose skin. A tummy tuck effectively eliminates excess or sagging skin so your abdomen looks smoother and flatter.

You should not discount exercise to build muscles that may improve the appearance of slight sagging. However, skin elasticity is variable, and your skin may not snap back into position after losing fat in your abdomen. If your skin isn’t tightening up on its own, a tummy tuck might be your best option.

Get Rid of Excess Fat

A tummy tuck effectively reduces stubborn fat, although you should not think of it as a weight loss procedure. It’s a good idea to be close to your ideal weight before having a tummy tuck for the best results. Although a tummy tuck can’t give you a “six-pack,” it can remove excess fat and skin to make your abdomen look flatter and help your clothes fit better. You can also combine a tummy tuck with liposuction to enhance the results.

After your tummy tuck, maintain your results with a healthy diet and regular exercise. While this procedure can give you a flatter stomach, it can’t prevent future weight gain.

Improve a Misshapen Bellybutton

When considering a tummy tuck, a misshapen bellybutton may not be high on your priority list. However, many patients feel embarrassed due to a downward curving or stretched-out-looking bellybutton. Your plastic surgeon can reposition the skin around the area to recontour your bellybutton, giving it an attractive shape and size.

Your plastic surgeon can also improve the position of your bellybutton so it doesn’t sit too high or low on your stomach. You can work with your surgeon to customize your procedure based on your desired results.

Look Better in Your Clothes

A tummy tuck is not a magical procedure that will result in a washboard stomach or make you look like a celebrity. However, this procedure can make you look and feel better in your day-to-day life. Once you improve stubborn fat deposits, weakened muscles, and excess skin with a tummy tuck, you can enjoy a more contoured midsection that you want to show off. Most people drop 1 to 3 pant or dress sizes after the procedure, thanks to their newly contoured abdomens.

This procedure can be especially helpful for people who struggle to lose the last few pounds or have difficulty losing a “belly pooch.” Along with diet and exercise, a tummy tuck can improve your silhouette and boost your confidence.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

A good candidate for this procedure is anyone who wants to improve the appearance of their midsection and has not been successful with just diet and exercise alone. You might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck if:

  • You are in general good health with a positive mental outlook.
  • You are within 10 to 15 pounds of your ideal weight.
  • You are not planning to have any more children.
  • You are unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen.
  • You don’t smoke.

There are several benefits when choosing a tummy tuck, as you can see from our patients’ before and after photos. After your tummy tuck, you can expect to enjoy your results for many years and experience a boost in confidence and self-esteem. To see how a tummy tuck can improve your midsection, request a consultation using our online form or call us at (208) 881-5351 to schedule an appointment.

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