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Do I Have a Realistic Tummy Tuck Expectations? (photo)

I am 5 foot 7 inches tall 168 pounds, while standing my stomach really protrudes but while laying on my back it is mostly concave and when i grab my stomach it feels like most of the fat is above my muscles. I measured and at my belly button there is a 4 inch difference between standing up and laying down. So could i achieve the concave/flat results my stomach gets while laying down with a full tummy tuck w/muscle repair and lipo of hip/flanks and upper abdomen or is this unrealistic?

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You sound like a good tummy tuck candidate to me.

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From your post, it sounds like your problem is one of external fat and laxity and not interal fat a.k.a. belly fat.  You would likely benefit from tightening the rectus muscles and removing the excess skin and fat.  These are all done with a standard tummy tuck. 

Your height and weight indicate that you have a little meat on your bones so you probably won't look "ripped" but honestly, I think a six pack on a woman is unattractive.

Make sure you see a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and that he/she shows you some examples of their work.


Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Surgery

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I am not understanding the sequence of photographs you have posted. The lady in red is much lighter in weight than the lady in black

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck Expectations

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   If the person in the postoperative photo is 20 lbs lighter than you are now (hard to say for both you and me), I would recommend losing that weight.  You must understand that without an exam and review of your pictures it is impossible to predict results.  Find the plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of tummy tucks each year and has the best chance of getting you to your goal.  Kenneth Hughes, MD

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
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