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How Many Inches of my Waist Can I Lose With Tummy Tuck Surgery?

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Every year, countless people choose to undergo tummy tuck surgery. This is an extremely popular procedure in Houston, TX because it involves fat removal from the midsection and tightens up loose skin from pregnancy and weight loss.

While a tummy tuck can provide dramatic results, you may be wondering how many inches off your waist treatment will take away. In order to understand the impact of a tummy tuck on your waistline, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jay Shenaq answers a few frequently asked questions below. Call Plastic Surgery of Houston to discover the benefits of this procedure today.

How does a tummy tuck work?

A tummy tuck often begins with a horizontal incision that extends from hipbone to hipbone. Our innovative body sculpting surgery removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, then tightens the underlying muscles. The size of the incision and the amount of tissue removed usually depend on your own needs and preferences, which will be discussed at the time of your consultation.

How does a tummy tuck affect my waistline?

A properly performed tummy tuck can reduce your waist size and help you feel confident about your curves again. Some patients may lose many inches off their waist, while others will see more subtle results. It all depends on how much tissue can be removed safely. Dr. Shenaq can provide a more accurate estimate before fat removal surgery in Houston. Factors that influence this estimate include:

  • Your skin elasticity

  • The type of tummy tuck performed (full, extended, or mini)

  • Your general body type and weight distribution

Patients who combine their tummy tucks with another body sculpting procedure (such as a thigh lift for a lower body lift) should experience additional changes to their waistline and possibly a more dramatic outcome.

Can I lose more weight after a tummy tuck?

You can if you want. Many of our patients choose to commit to living a healthier lifestyle after a tummy tuck. This may involve eating more nutritious foods and exercising regularly. However, keep in mind that losing too much weight can cause more loose skin and folds to form. Dr. Shenaq recommends gradually losing weight before surgery and staying within 10 15 pounds of your goal weight after surgery to avoid this complication.

What results can I expect from a tummy tuck?

Every patient is unique, which means everyone's outcomes may vary. Some people choose fat removal because they want to wear certain form-fitting clothes or bathing suits, while others want to feel more confident in everyday situations. Others hope to reverse the effects of pregnancy and seek relief from pain caused by loose skin and bulging stomach fat. No matter your goals, rest assured that Dr. Shenaq and the team at Plastic Surgery of Houston are committed to helping you get the results you desire.

Slim down your waistline

Tummy tucks are a common procedure for people in Houston who want to lose fat and get rid of a few extra inches from their waist. While you can’t always expect dramatic results, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jay Shenaq can ensure that your safety and success are at the top of our priority list. Do you still have questions about this body sculpting procedure? Call Plastic Surgery of Houston, so we can schedule an appointment.

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