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Woman standing showing tummyThe tummy tuck is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries nationwide for good reason. The procedure removes excess skin and tightens abdominal muscles as well as commonly combining selective liposuction, offering contouring results that can’t be achieved through diet and exercise alone. The effects of aging, pregnancy, hereditary factors, hernias, previous surgery, congenital conditions, or significant weight fluctuations can all lead men and women to ask about what a tummy tuck can do for them. Below are the answers to three of the most common tummy tuck questions.

1. Does A Tummy Tuck Help With Weight Loss?

Although the procedure does remove limited amounts of fatty tissue, a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss. Tummy tucks are most effective for people who have achieved their target weight through either a change in lifestyle habits or bariatric surgery, and who can maintain a healthy weight after surgery. However, having a tummy tuck after weight loss will often give you the appearance of wearing clothing that will accentuate the improved contours of your new body shape and the impression of being thinner.

2. Which Type of Tummy Tuck Is Best?

An abdominoplasty is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. Each tummy tuck can be customized to meet each patient’s individual needs, targeting the regions that require the most attention. Whether you require only a subtle enhancement or dramatic contouring changes, your surgeon can customize the procedure specifically for you.

The availability of different tummy tuck techniques means it’s possible to address a wide range of concerns in the abdominal area for men and women of various body types.

3. Is Pregnancy Possible After A Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck shouldn’t interfere with a post-procedure pregnancy. However, women who experience the longest-lasting results from an abdominoplasty have already completed their families. Pregnancy stretches the abdominal skin and weakens the muscles, both of which can reverse the results of cosmetic surgery. Women who have children after a tummy tuck may require a touch-up to re-tighten muscles and address sagging skin.

Author: Dr. Otto Placik

Dr. Otto Placik is a Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago, a leader in the field of body sculpting, and is recognized for his artistry in a wide range of modern cosmetic enhancements.


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