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How Much Smaller Can the Waist Get With Tummy Tuck Surgery?

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Stubborn belly fat and loose skin can be cosmetic nuisances — and sometimes sources of physical discomfort — that keep men and women from looking, feeling, and functioning their best. Even with a dedicated fitness regimen and healthy diet, it can be almost impossible to overcome these challenges, which leads many people to consider their options for professional body contouring. While there are a number of nonsurgical body contouring treatments available today that can certainly help to improve loose skin and stubborn fat pockets, there’s no question that cosmetic surgery offers one of the most compelling opportunities to achieve a more complete and lasting transformation.

For patients looking to slim down their waistline, board-certified Dallas, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe of Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery offers a range of body contouring procedures, including the tummy tuck — specifically designed to reduce waist size and smooth abdominal contours for a more natural, youthful, and desirable figure overall. Here, you’ll find answers to common tummy tuck FAQs, including how much smaller your waist may be after surgery.

Will my clothing size drop with tummy tuck surgery?

Generally speaking, tummy tuck surgery is primarily used to address loose, excess skin and resistant fat deposits, which can develop as a result of one or more of the following:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormone changes, including menopause
  • Weight fluctuation or extreme weight loss

During tummy tuck surgery, extra skin is trimmed away, weakened ab muscles are tightened and reinforced, and stubborn fat cells are removed to smooth and slim the midsection. This often results in the loss of several pounds and/or inches, with many people dropping one or more clothing sizes after tummy tuck surgery.

How many pounds of fat can be removed with a tummy tuck?

Patients considering tummy tuck surgery should keep in mind that the procedure is primarily designed to remove and tighten loose, hanging skin. When appropriate, liposuction is used in conjunction with tummy tuck surgery to address stubborn fat, with an average of about 8 – 10 pounds able to be removed safely and appropriately with liposuction. More compelling, however, is the opportunity to lose inches and slim the waistline, which can help clothing to fit better and more comfortably.

How small can my waist get with a tummy tuck?

The results of tummy tuck surgery will vary based on individual patient factors, including how much excess skin and/or fat is present, the patient’s overall body type, which type of tummy tuck is performed (mini, full, or extended tummy tuck) and others. In some cases, a combination of body contouring procedures — like a tummy tuck, liposuction, and fat transfer to the buttocks — or Brazilian butt lift (BBL) — can help to create the most dramatic transformation and accentuate the slimmest waistline possible. During your initial consultation for tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Dauwe will discuss in greater detail what level of waistline reduction may be possible for you.

Get the snatched waist you’ve been dreaming of with tummy tuck surgery in Dallas, TX

Even more than shedding stubborn pounds, losing pesky inches can feel like an impossible task — but with tummy tuck surgery, you can. Start your journey toward the slimmed, snatched waist you want by calling Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery to schedule your private consultation for a Dallas, TX tummy tuck with esteemed board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe today.

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