How long does a Tummy tuck last?

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How long does a TT last?

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A tummy tuck is technically permanent, but the outcome can be affected by significant fluctuations in weight and changes to your abdomen as you age. Patients are often encouraged to wait until they have completed all of their pregnancies before getting a tummy tuck. After having a tummy tuck, it is still important to maintain a balanced lifestyle. It necessary to protect your investment and maintain a stable weight. A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss. Instead, it compliments an already healthy, active diet and exercise program. After completing surgery, it is essential for patients to follow-up with their board-certified plastic surgeon annually to ensure continued satisfaction with their results.

Los Gatos Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck results

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Tummy tucks are permanent, however they can be negatively affected by:
weight gain
weight fluctuations
damage caused by the environment (such as excess sun exposure, which can cause the skin to lose elasticity)

A healthy lifestyle and diet will help maintain your results.

How long does a Tummy tuck last?

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Thank you for your question.  As the other doctors have already stated, a tummy tuck essentially lasts forever as long as you don't have large weight fluctuations.  If you gain a lot of weight and stretch the skin and tissue following the procedure, you may require a second procedure if/when you lost the weight again.  That is the reason why surgeons typically suggest a tummy tuck only be performed after a woman is done having children.  Hope this helps!

How long does a tummy tuck last?

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Thank you for your question. A tummy tuck procedure should last forever. Tummy tuck is a procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and to restore the weakened abdominal wall, giving a firmer and smoother appearance.  Once this procedure is done the skin will never be back to how it used to before the surgery. Of course other factors like ageing and gravity or change in weight will influence the results but the results should last a lifetime. That said, you definitely have to choose your surgeon correctly and make sure that he/she has the training and experience to meet your goals with absolute safety.  Best is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with specialized expertise in this procedure.

How long does a tummy tuck last?

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Tummy tucks last essentially for a lifetime.  Once the skin is removed, it's never coming back to the degree that it was prior to surgery.  That being said, gains and loses of weight, gravity, and the normal aging process continue to have influences on the results over time.  However, a good tummy tuck should be something that you are pleased with forever.Best wishes.

Shayne Webb, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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How long does a tummy tuck last

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If you don't have great fluctuations in your weight, most tummy tucks will last forever. As you skin gets older, there may be some extra looseness of the skin, but usually this would not be significant enough to need to correct.

Ira H. Rex lll, MD
Fall River Plastic Surgeon
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How long does a Tummy tuck last?

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Thank you for your excellent question.  If patients are able to maintain a stable weight with little fluctuation in size the results of a tummy tuck are permanent.  Time, gravity, age, and environmental exposure can all influence your results but if timed appropriately and a patient takes care of themselves medically there should not be a need for a revision or second tummy tuck.  Hope this helps.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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How long does tummy tuck last

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It will last forever but keep in mind you will continue to age and shoulsd you get pregnant then that skin will stretch out again.Also baking in the sun will also breakdown your skin.

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Does Tummy Tuck Last

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A variety of tummy tucks are available. Patients who only need a tightening of the abdominal muscles or removal of a small amount of skin may be best treated with a “mini-tuck.” Patients who have undergone massive weight loss, on the other hand, will probably require more extensive surgery. An abdominoplasty is usually done under general anesthesia. An incision is made along the lower abdomen at about the pubic hair line, and another incision is made around the belly button which stays attached to the muscle. Mini-abdominoplasty tightens the lower abdominal wall and skin below the umbilicus, belly button, only (shortest scar). Modified abdominoplasty addresses conditions where just the muscle wall or just the abdominal skin requires repair. Standard abdominoplasty tightens all of the abdominal wall skin and muscles above and below the belly button. The scar can be altered or lowered to be hidden by most panty lines and bathing suits. (Standard scar). Extended abdominoplasty tightens the abdomen and the flanks or sides (longest scar extending around the flanks onto lower back.) A general anesthetic is most common, although mini-tucks may be done with local anesthetic and intravenous sedation. A standard abdominoplasty is generally an outpatient procedure, but extended abdominoplasty may require a short hospitalization of 1–2 days.Within a few hours following surgery, abdominoplasty patients will walk in a slightly bent-over position. Strenuous activity and lifting of more than 10 pounds should be avoided for six weeks after surgery. Most patients are able to return to work and daily activities within two weeks of surgery.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews


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Thank you for your question. In general the results of a Tummy Tuck are permanent , providing that you maintain a healthy weight and do exercise. Best of luck 

Derby Sang Caputo, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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