Why should or shouldn't I get an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck?

Good Candidate? The “ideal” patient for tummy tuck surgery is one who has completed pregnancies, is medically/psycho socially/emotionally/financially stable,  has an excellent social support system surrounding him/her,  does not smoke, is capable of arranging enough recovery time and who has reached a long-term stable weight.
When&why tummy tuck. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is done for changes that cannot be treated with diet and exercise alone: lax skin after pregnancy or weight loss, localized disproportionate fat, and/or muscle separation. It is not done for weight loss. However, exercise alone does not tone skin.
Improve belly look. Often after pregnancy the abdominal muscles are pushed apart and skin hangs loosely. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty will tighten the underlying muscles and remove the excess skin and fat from the tummy. This should not take the place for diet and exercise. But for those who have tried the above, a tummy tuck works wonders.
Abdominoplasty. It can be a very powerful operation. It's for those folks with extra skin and soft tissue. Many who have lost weight and have extra skin want the excess taken away. Some just want to fit into pants better. The abdominal muscles may also have spread out with pregnancy or just over time. The plication sews them back together. This flattens the tummy. See a board certified plastic surgeon.
Risks/Alter/Benefits. Elective surgery means you do not need the surgery but may want it. You should get the surgery if you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your abdomen and have realistic expectations on what surgery can do for you after discussing the risks, alternatives & benefits with an experienced surgeon. If you are at high for complications due to your health or are unrealistic in goals, you shouldn't.
Get one because... You want to get rid of hanging extra skin around your abdomen. That's what it's for.
Reasons why not. 1. You are medically unfit for surgery 2. You are unwilling to accept the scar 3. You have unrealistic expectations 4. You have not finished having children 5. You are significantly overweight, and need to lose weight first.
Pros/cons. Get a tummy tuck because you are healthy, relatively trim and have loose tummy muscles and skin, have the financial resources and are comfortable with the resultant scar. Don't get a tummy tuck if you don't like the scars, need to get in better shape, have serious medical problems or can't afford the time off for recovery and the cost of the procedure.
Risk/Benefit. A person considering a cosmetic operation needs to evaluate risks and benefits. For the right patient a tummy tuck is a great operation, but no operation is for everyone. Tummy tuck surgery has the benefit of flattening and re-shaping the abdomen and waist for patients with loose/hanging tummy tissue. It has the risks of bleeding, infection, poor scarring and wound healing and even blot clots.
Depends. Don't get a tummy tuck if you have one or more serious medical problems that could significantly increase your risks of complications.
Tough question... The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is a person who meets the following criteria: 1) good overall health 2) at their ideal stable body weight 3) has completed childbearing 4) has loose skin, or muscle stretch as a result of pregnancy or weight changes 5) does not smoke 6) is willing to commit to the lifestyle changes to maintain their new shape 7) has family support to assist with recovery.
Tunny. Tummy tuck is a trade off procedure. You get a flat stomach. But you get a big scar in return.

Related Questions

Can a tummy tuck help a post-pregnancy belly? I recently gave birth to twin girls. Right now, I am five months postpartum, but none of the exercises that I am doing are helping get rid of my saggy belly skin. Can tummy tucks actually get rid of all this e

Getting . Getting rid of extra skin is one of the best things that tummy tucks (witch hazel) have to offer. Unlike liposuction, tummy tucks (witch hazel) (abdominoplasty) remove excess skin and can tighten the muscular portion of the abdominal wall. The results can be dramatic. Read more...
Absolutely. . Absolutely. First, make sure that you are finished having children. It is possible to have an uncomplicated pregnancy after abdominoplasty, but you will negate the work that has been done. The stretched out skin and abdominal wall will shrink somewhat, but it is hard to predict how much this will occur in any one patient. The most important part of abdominoplasty is repositioning the muscles of the abdominal wall to their pre-pregnancy position. Skin and fat is also removed, but skin removal alone will be ineffective: skin is very stretchy. Good luck! Read more...
Tuck. You should be finished having children prior to considering a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). In addition i recommend waiting one full year after your last pregnancy prior to surgery to ensure the abdominal wall has completely recovered. Read more...
Twin Pregnancy. Congratulations on your twin girls! yes, tummy tucks (witch hazel) can generally help post pregnancy tummies. Don't be discouraged, you are only 5 months postpartum. Take time for yourself and once you have lost your baby weight go visit with board certified plastic surgeons to discuss this procedure. The surgeon can discuss what will / will not be removed with the surgery. Read more...
Yes. Tummy tucks (witch hazel) or adominoplasty is great at rejuvenating the post oartum abdomen. This procedure will realign your rectis muscles in the midline limiting the diastasis typically created by your pregnancy as well as remove excess skin laxity and unsitely stretch marks. Remember, however, if you plan to having more children this will typically recur. Read more...
Most Certainly! Good morning! a tummy tuck will most certainly help your abdominal contour after twin pregnancy. In addition to removing excess fat and skin, a tummy tuck can be used to tighten the abdominal wall tissue that was stretched out with your twins, leading to a tighter, flatter belly. I hope this helps. Read more...
Probably. No amount of exercise can bring your washboard muscles back to midline (together) or remove excess skin. Read more...
Yes. Many times after giving birth to twins the abdomen does not return to the same shape it was before pregnancy. There are three components to the abdomen, skin, fat, and muscle layer. Depending on your specific problem some or all of these things can be improved. Read more...
Yes! A tummy tuck is designed to repair a post-pregnancy belly by tightening the muscles, removing the extra skin and stretch marks, and improving the abdominal contour. Read more...
Yes . The only way to remove the excess skin is to cut it out with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Some patients are candidates for a mini if their problem is all below the belly button. A board certified plastic surgeon is your best option for a consult and possible help. Read more...
Yes. It can be a very powerful operation. It's for those folks with extra skin and soft tissue. Many who have had babies and have extra skin want the excess taken away. Some just want to fit into pants better. The abdominal muscles may also have spread out with pregnancy or just over time. The plication sews them back together. This flattens the tummy. See a board certified plastic surgeon. Read more...
Great option! Tummy tucks (witch hazel) are a great procedure to help restore the pre-baby body following pregnancy. During this procedure, we generally use liposuction to create a more circumferential result, then tighten the midline muscles (to flatten the abdominal wall), and ultimately remove the excess skin. In doing so, you end up with a flatter more youthful tummy! Read more...

Can a tummy tuck help a post-pregnancy belly? I recently gave birth to twin girls. Right now, I am five months postpartum, but none of the exercises that I am doing are helping get rid of my saggy belly skin. Can tummy tucks actually get rid of all this e

Congratulations . Congratulations on your twins. As you have now discovered, pregnancy causes stretching of the abdominal wall and overlying skin and soft tissue. This causes a loose and saggy appearance of the abdominal skin and tissues, and a "poochy" appearance of the lower abdomen. You are doing the right thing in working on your fitness, but unfortunately, even significant muscle building and weight loss may not reduce the appearance of loose abdominal tissue. Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is often the appropriate solution. Some women may be candidates for the "mini tummy tuck" procedure, which removes c-section scars and the loose tissue below the belly button, tightens the abdominal wall muscles below the belly button, and redrapes the tissue to create a tighter, more tight and flat appearing lower abdomen. If there is significant looseness of the abdominal tissues and abdominal muscles above the belly button as well, as is most often the case with pregnancy, the standard tummy tuck procedure would be the best solution. This procedure tightens the entire abdominal wall and removes a much greater amount of loose, redundant tissue and skin, which creates a tight, flat appearance of the entire abdomen. Typically, it is wise to wait at least 6 month after childbirth before having a tummy tuck, but surgeons vary on this. Your board certified plastic surgeon will be able to answer which would be the best procedure for you. All the best, dr. Skourtis. Read more...
Yes, . Yes, the tummy tuck will remove the extra skin. A plastic surgeon cuts off a swatch of skin and underlying fat from the belly button down to the pubic hair, and out to either side of the abdomen. Then he pulls the skin up from below and down from above and sews them together. I am not fond of this operation because, although you look slim in your clothes, without your clothes you pubic hair area now goes about half way up your lower abdomen. You should talk to a plastic surgeon for specifics as they pertain to you. Read more...
Yes, . Yes, a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty will remove loose skin and tighten abdominal wall tissues stretched by pregnancy. It is good that you are trying to improve your abdominal appearance through exercise as it is important to be in as good physical shape as possible if you should decide to proceed with surgery and then to continue when permitted after surgery to maintain your results. Even if you are able to get back to your prepartum weight, there may be irreversible looseness of the skin and abdominal wall tissues contributing to your "sagginess" and/or bulging. You should consult with a plastic surgeon for an examination and to discuss your options. Read more...
What . What you have experienced is what most people will get loose flabby ski8n.The only way to get rid of it is to cut it away.There are no magic creams or exercise or anything else. Read more...
Surgery Helpful. Sometimes, despite efforts, patients are not able to achieve the abdominal wall contour they wish to achieve through diet and exercise alone. This may be especially true after twin pregnancy. In these cases, tummy tuck surgery may be appropriate/indicated. This operation serves to remove excess skin/adipose tissue and re-approximates the abdominal wall muscles that have spread with pregnancy... Read more...
Absolutely . Skin shrinking devices and techniques are generally alot of hype and can only deliver very modest amounts of skin contraction. Therefore a tummy tuck is the only consistent way to achieve elimination of loose abdominal skin. Read more...
Yes. After pregnancy, particularly after twins, the skin and fascia of the abdomen have often been stretched beyond their ability to shrink back. Exercising the muscles will tighten them but won't remove the excess skin or separation that may exist between the muscles. A tummy tuck is a reliable way to get rid of the skin and tighten the fascia. See a board certified plastic surgeon for a consult. Read more...
TT after baby. A tummy tuck will remove skin and tighten your muscles. Pregnancy causes your abdominal muscles to separate (diasthasis) and no diet or exercise can help. See a board certified plastic surgeon for your options. http://www.drschulmanplasticsurgery.com/body/tummy-tuck/. Read more...
Definitely. A tummy tuck is the ideal operation for a woman who has developed loose skin and separated abdominal muscles as a result of pregnancy. Read more...
Yes. Unfortunately exercise does not improve loose abdominal skin. Tummy tuck will get rid of the excess skin. www.dassmd.com. Read more...
Mommy makeover. Congrats on your twins girls! as you figure our exercise can only do so much for post partum abdominal deformities including loose skin and stretch muscles. First consider if you are done with pregnancies and tummy tuck is the procedure of choice to correct these deformities. The mommy makeover includes tummy tuck and breast surgery (usually lift and augmentation) to correct the breast shape. Read more...
Yes. It can be a very powerful operation. It's for those folks with extra skin and soft tissue. Many who have had babies and have extra skin want the excess taken away. Some just want to fit into pants better. The abdominal muscles may also have spread out with pregnancy or just over time. The plication sews them back together. This flattens the tummy. See a board certified plastic surgeon. Read more...

Is there an alternative of the vertical scar that we get for abdominoplasty, I have looses in my front abdomen not circumferencial but vertically.

Not if truly vertica. If the skin excess is truly vertically, then a vertical or fleur-de-lis (inverted t) incision may be the best. However in most instances this can be managed with a circumferential scar. In rare instances the vertical excess can be removed with two vertical scars along each side but this is less preferable than a single midline scar. Read more...
Yes. The standard abdominoplasty scar is a lower transverse one on the abdomen.There are rarely indications for a vertical component also, but as with any surgery you should discuss this in detail with your surgeon. Read more...
Usually not vertical. A younger patient should have better skin quality so if you just have excess fat then try weightloss first, followed by liposuction. If you still have excess tissues in the abdominal areas then consider a tummy tuck which usually leaves a patient with a low transverse scar. See a plastic surgeon in your area for the best treatment option. Read more...
Physical Examination. Most of the abdominoplasty operations are done through a transverse lower abdominal wall incision. Sometimes, if patients have a significant amount of excess skin vertically, a vertical excision of skin may be helpful as well. Physical examination and a full communication of your goals as well as potential risks/complications associated with each option will be important. Read more...
Usually Horizontal. A tummy tuck scar is typically horizontal and below the panty line. Be sure to consult with board certified plastic surgeons and discuss scar option specifics for your particular case. Read more...