Do I have enough skin for a full tummy tuck? (Photo)

I want to get a tummy tuck but my concern is not having enough skin to stretch all the way down afterwards. It seems tighter at the top more than the bottom. I don't want a short looking torso afterwards, I have a low cut c-section scar I want to be cut out as well.

Doctor Answers 26

Full Tummy Tuck

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Thank you so much for reaching out and posting photos. By looking at your photos, you seem to be an excellent candidate for a full tummy tuck. Very few patients fall into the mini/modified tummy tuck category. We would love to see you in our Newport Beach or Mission Viejo office to go over all of your options and answer any questions you have. Best of luck! Dr. Kachenmeister

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Do I have enough skin for a full TT?

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Thank you for your question and helpful photos. 

Yes, you do. Don't worry. I think you will have a very nice result. Please seek a Board Certified plastic surgeon for your procedure moving forward. 

Best wishes and kind regards, 

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 230 reviews

Enough skin for a tummy tuck

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Although it doesn't feel like you have enough skin, you have enough skin to do a full tummy tuck; this won't shorten your torso. Please see link below for more information regarding optimizing your results.

Arian Mowlavi, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

Tummy Tuck Revision/Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty/Liposuction/High Definition Procedures

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Thank you for your question.

From your photos, you appear to be an excellent candidate for a full tummy tuck with Vaser H definition liposculpture to your hips and back.  You should get a great result from liposculpture, giving you a more contoured and hourglass shape with better projection to your buttocks.

Vaser Hi Definition liposuction uses the concepts of negative and positive spaces in relation to the underlying bony and muscle anatomy to define areas such as your six pack and create an athletic looking physique.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.

Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.

Dr. Schwartz

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon



Tummy tuck / abdominoplasty

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Thank you for providing pictures. Your situate is not that unique. If you look at the link below you will see patients that have more and LESS extra skin than you and were happy with a tummy tuck also called an abdominoplasty.

 Releasing the skin allows for an excision of your unwanted skin and tightening of the fascia overlying the abdominal muscles. 

Having a previous C-section scar can make the surgical plan easier. 

Michael Kulick, MD, DDS
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Full tummy tuck is the way to go

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Hello and thank you for your question.  The best way for you to achieve your ideal waistline, abdominal contour without a bulge, and tighter looking skin is with a full abdominoplasty.  Your pics suggest that you would have enough skin to have the scar placed low and be well-hidden. An in-person examination with a board certified plastic surgeon with expertise in advanced body contouring techniques will help you go over your best options.  I hope this helps!


Dr. Sean Kelishadi

Sean Kelishadi, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Tummy tuck options: How to decide

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It is not possible to tell with certainty which of the several versions of tummy tucks is best from only a picture. Whichever version you choose, the scar should be low, where you C-section scar is. It may be a standard full tummy tuck, T-closure, mini, or mini with umbilical float.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

Tummy Tuck Misconceptions

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If you have skin laxity or excess of any sort, then you are a good candidate for an abdominoplasty, and in your case, concomitant liposuction of the waist and abdomen. You don't need to have 'enough skin' to pull the little hole that the skin was attached to at the belly button all the way down to be excised. It can be closed primarily.  Similarly, your planned incision and scar placement should always be in the same place regardless of the amount of excess skin you have: at the thigh-abdominal border laterally, and low in the pubic triangle. Go visit a few ABPS certified/ASAPS member surgeons that perform this surgery using progressive tension sutures and no drains. Best of luck!  Instagram: drgeraldminniti

Gerald Minniti, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 100 reviews

Tummy tuck candidate

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Thanks for the question. 

In this regard, I'm totally agree with you, therefore i recommend you a Tummy Tuck with muscle repair, to get a flat abdomen and waist and back Liposculpture, getting better curves especially in the waist, improving your body contour.

Finally, I suggested take the fat we get and transfer to the buttocks and hips, to mold them and get better volume, contour and butt projection, is that we know as "Brazilian Butt Lift" (BBL).

Kind regards 

Emmanuel Mallol Cotes, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 372 reviews

Tummy tuck

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Based solely on your photo, yes, you look to have enough skin for a full tummy tuck. Schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to be assessed in person. 


Kouros Azar

Kouros Azar, MD
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

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