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How Much Flatter Can My Tummy Get with Tummy Tuck Surgery?

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If you’re like thousands or even millions of other people, you may have loose abdominal skin, stubborn belly fat, and other concerns that leave you feeling less than confident about your midsection. For many men and women, tummy tuck is a life-changing solution for smoothing out the midsection through skin removal, skin tightening, fat reduction, and more. At Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery, Dallas, TX board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe performs tummy tuck surgery — formally known as abdominoplasty surgery — to help patients look and feel better than ever by reversing many of the unwanted cosmetic side effects of pregnancy, aging, and weight loss. Among the most common tummy tuck FAQs is just how flat your stomach can get after the procedure. Keep reading to find the answer to this tummy tuck question and more.

Who needs a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery is widely used by both men and women to address concerns in the midsection, especially after weight loss, aging, and pregnancy (for women), including:

  • Loose skin
  • Wrinkled stomach
  • Hanging skin folds
  • Abdominal stretch marks
  • Separated ab muscles (diastasis recti)
  • Belly pooch

Will my stomach be totally flat after a tummy tuck?

In many cases, it is possible to achieve a remarkably flat, smooth new contour with tummy tuck surgery. During the procedure, Dr. Dauwe makes an incision on the lower abdomen, through which he can trim away loose skin, remove stubborn pockets of fat using liposuction, and repair a diastasis recti — which is often responsible for a tummy pooch that many women feel makes them still look pregnant long after giving birth. It is important for patients considering a tummy tuck to understand, however, that the results can vary from person to person and that it may not be possible to achieve a full flat tummy with tummy tuck surgery alone. Factors that can influence the potential results of a tummy tuck include the amount of excess skin and fat present, the patient’s degree of skin laxity, other structural issues that may be present (like a hernia, for example), the patient’s overall body type, and their commitment to proper aftercare and lifestyle guidelines.

How can I get the flattest stomach possible with a tummy tuck?

To achieve the most successful and aesthetically pleasing results possible from your tummy tuck, patients should be at or near their goal weight prior to surgery. Patients should also have a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen and abstain from smoking. Those patients who have good underlying musculature are often able to enjoy the flattest tummy tuck outcomes possible.

Can fat come back after a tummy tuck?

One of the most important aspects of tummy tuck aftercare is to maintain a healthy, stable weight through regular diet and exercise. While the results of a tummy tuck can be long-lasting, weight gain can cause remaining fat cells to swell and skin to become re-stretched. With a stable weight and a healthy overall lifestyle — in addition to avoiding pregnancy after surgery — the results of a tummy tuck can last for decades, with only subtle changes occurring due to the natural aging process.

Flatten your stubborn belly pooch with tummy tuck surgery in Dallas, TX

If your belly rolls, stomach pooch, or muffin top are keeping you from loving your physique, it may be time to consider tummy tuck surgery to get the slimmer figure and boosted confidence you deserve. Join the many other patients who have achieved their ultimate aesthetic goals with a tummy tuck at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery and take the first step toward your own transformation by calling to schedule your consultation with premier Dallas, TX, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.