Will My Stomach Be Flat After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

When it comes to highly transformative body contouring procedures, few are as popular and effective as the tummy tuck. Thanks to tummy tuck surgery, countless men and women have reversed the consequences of weight loss, pregnancy, and aging – and, in many cases, achieved an even more desirable figure than they had to begin with. At Plastic Surgery Group of Atlanta, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Connors and experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Alexandra Hart help Atlanta, GA men and women enhance their body, self-esteem, and life with tummy tuck surgery. Here, we’ll discuss what you can expect with a tummy tuck, including how much your figure may change and if the flat stomach you’ve always dreamed of may be possible for you.

How does a tummy tuck work?

Also referred to as an abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck is an invasive surgical procedure that combines skin excision, fat removal (liposuction), and other techniques to reshape and recontour a patient’s midsection.

During the procedure, which takes about 2 – 3 hours to complete, patients will be placed under general anesthesia. Dr. Hart or Dr. Connors will begin with a horizontal incision in the lower pubic region, helping the patient to later be able to conceal their tummy tuck scar beneath clothing and swimsuits. If stubborn pockets of fat are present in the abdomen, liposuction can be performed via the tummy tuck incision. Additionally, the surgeon can repair an abdominal muscle separation (diastasis recti) at this point if needed. Finally, the patient’s extra skin will be trimmed away and the belly button repositioned. At the conclusion of the case, the skin of the stomach will be pulled tightly together so that the incision can be closed with sutures – leaving the patient with a strikingly smooth, taut new midsection.

How much weight can you lose with tummy tuck surgery?

Because tummy tuck surgery is not intended as a weight loss tool, patients should not expect to lose a significant amount of weight with the procedure. However, most patients do lose several pounds as a result of the liposuction and skin removal that is performed. Still, the number of inches lost with tummy tuck is typically the most dramatic change that patients notice. On average, patients can typically go down 2 – 4 pant sizes after a tummy tuck.

Will my stomach be completely flat after tummy tuck?

In some cases, the answer is yes, but this will depend on how much excess fat and skin are present to begin with, how much underlying musculature the patient has, and other factors. To set yourself up for the best chance possible at getting a flat stomach with tummy tuck surgery, use these helpful tips:

  • Choose an experienced tummy tuck surgeon
  • Be at a healthy, stable weight for at least 6 – 12 months prior to tummy tuck surgery
  • Eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated
  • Exercise consistently for at least 6 – 12 months prior to tummy tuck surgery
  • Consider abdominal etching to define your ab muscles
  • Follow all tummy tuck aftercare instructions closely, including wearing your compression garments if directed to do so
  • Be committed to a consistent diet and exercise routine after tummy tuck recovery
  • Maintain a stable weight following your tummy tuck

With an experienced plastic surgeon in Atlanta, GA, proper aftercare, and a healthy diet and lifestyle, the washboard stomach you’ve always wanted can finally be yours.

Say goodbye to your muffin top with a custom tummy tuck in Atlanta, GA

Whether you have hanging skin folds from weight loss or have a small belly pooch that won’t seem to budge long after having kids, you may benefit from tummy tuck surgery. For more information on the exciting results that may be possible for you with an Atlanta, GA abdominoplasty, call Plastic Surgery Group of Atlanta to schedule your one-on-one consultation with either of our distinguished plastic surgeons Dr. John Connors or Dr. Alexandra Hart today.