Skinny Girl Tummy Tuck?

I am 5'4 and weigh 120lbs. I live in Orange County, CA. I work out 1.5/hrs. 5 days a week. I have had 3 pregnancies but have muscle separation and a little loose skin. Most surgeons website highlights their work on heavier set or people who are not relatively fit Or mini Tummy tucks. Can anyone recommend a plastic surgeon who has experience doing full TT and pictures of tummy tucks performed on skinnier more for a fit mom? Thanks!

Doctor Answers (22)

Mommy makeover tummy tuck is for what exercise can't do alone

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To put it very simply, a tummy tuck - like pretty much everything in plastic surgery - is for the things you can't do with diet and exercise. This includes removing excess skin for a tighter abdomen, repairing a muscle separation, and if necessary removing localized fat. Once these changes have occurred with pregnancy, there is no number of situps that will accomplish what the tummy tuck does. If that weren't the case, we would send people back to the gym instead of the operating room! 


Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Tummy Tuck on Thin Women

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Tummy tucks performed on thin women are even more successful than those on patients who carry extra weight. The reason is that the skin is more easily "re-draped" over the tightened abdomen. The issue that can occur is whether you have sufficient excess skin to remove to ensure you have a well placed scar low on the abdomen. There is nothing technically challenging re: thin women and tummy tucks aside from proper planning and discussion with the patient.

See a few surgeons to get a sense of who might fit you best.

Best of luck

Vincent Marin, MD

San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Vincent P. Marin, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Abdominoplasty on a thin woman

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When evaluating an abdomen several factors must be examined
  1. Skin
  2. Subcutaneous fat
  3. Anterior abdominal wall laxity
  4. Intra-abdominal fat or visceral fat
If your skin has multiple stretch marks then liposuction may not be the best option. There are modifications of an abdominoplasty but in your particular case a standard abdominoplasty would be the best choice. This will flatten the abdominal bulge, contour the abdomen with liposuction of the trunk, flanks and posterior hips, and tighten the skin. The trade off is the scar. This is an individual decision for your to make after you weigh the risks and benefits. If you want to have a flat abdomen the trade off is the scar that can be hidden by your bathing suit or underwear. With proper planning the scar can be managed. Proactive scar care is vital to obtain an aesthetic result.

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

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Skinny Girl Tummy Tuck

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Dear aaa3- A tummy tuck is designed for removing loose skin and repairing the stretched abdominal wall obtained after pregnancy.  It is not weight dependent.  Many of my patients are athletes in great shape looking to get rid of that loose mommy skin and bulge.  There should be plenty of PS's in OC who can help you. Get several consults and I'm sure you will find one you like.

Mark A. Schusterman, MD
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Tummy Tuck in Orange County, CA

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The ASPS website is a good starting point to find qualified plastic surgeons. Dr.Timothy Lim and Dr. Hoang Bui are possibilities. Consult with 3 - 4 surgeons to understand your options.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
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Perfect candidate for a tummy tuck

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A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is an extensive operation that involves improving the appearance of the abdomen and hips.  It is individualized to each patient, no two tummy tucks are alike.  I look at three variables:

  1. Skin
  2. Fat
  3. Muscle

A tummy tuck involves manipulation of 1, 2 or all 3 of these elements to some degree.  In patients at or near their ideal body weight and in good physical condition, you can achieve fantastic results with a quick recovery.  If you search the Internet you will be able to find plenty of pictures of healthy women who undergo tummy tuck procedures, in this situation it appears the muscle repair will be the most important.  Make sure you are done having babies though, we do not want to do this procedure TWICE!!

David Finkle, MD
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Skin women tummy tucks

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Tummy tucks on thin women work very well. Typically there is skin excision only with tightening of the stomach muscles. If planned and done correclty, these can give very nice results.

Robert Heck, MD
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Tummy tuck on thin people

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It sounds like you are an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck. I try and hide the scar as much as possible as well as minimize its length so you could wear a bikini comfortably. 

Edward J. Domanskis, MD
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Tummy tuck for a thin woman

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Every tummy tuck requires an individualized approach.  In my practice it is rather common to see young mom’s that are quite fit and thin requesting tummy tucks, as the damage from pregnancy often can not improve with exercise alone.  Depending on individual anatomy, we perform a surgical procedure designed to treat the patients anatomy.  This could be a mini, modified, or full. 

Boris M. Ackerman, MD
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Can Fit Women have a Tummy Tuck too??

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  A Tummy Tuck for a "fit women" can most often achieve better results than the same procedure performed on a patient who needs to lose weight.  However, performing the abdominoplasty procedure on a lean patient does have specific considerations associated with it: namely, will there be enough skin to remove and leave the incision line low across the waist?

  Some thin patients don't need much skin removed and that may be you.  It sounds like you may benefit from the muscle tightening (called diastasis repair) alone through a lower abdominal incision and only minimal skin removal.  Consult your board certified cosmetic surgeon to see if you would be a good candidate for this.

Erez Sternberg, MD
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