Tummy Tuck before and after photos
There are many online photo gallery sites with before and after photos of tummy tucks. It can be very overwhelming to start looking though so many of these photos. Oftentimes, it can be helpful to try and find before photos of woman with a similar body to yours, and then to find the after photos that have results you are pleased with. This is often a good way to help guide you to choose a surgeon in your area. Additionally, you can research if those women that you identified with had liposuction with their tummy tuck. In almost all of tummy tucks that I perform, I add aggressive liposuction of the flanks and abdomen to create a more ideal contour. I call this a lipo-abdominoplasty. Many other surgeons, however, include a small amount of liposuction with the abdominoplasty procedure, and still call it an abdominoplasty.
Look at the amount of flattening from the front and side views, and the length and location of the scar. Some surgeons do liposuction routinely with their surgery, some do it at a different setting. Keep in mind that because everyone's body is different, you won't be able to completely predict your own results from looking at photos, but you will be able to get a sense of a surgeon's skills and experience. Good luck and best wishes.
Looking at Before and After Tummy Tuck Pictures
You are not alone in your predicament. Before and After pictures went from a pure B/W documentation of a procedure in textbook and scientific articles to color / sometimes Vogue magazine glamor shoot marketing tool meant to seduce prospective patients.
When looking at fine art the most common approaches are a mixture of inquisitive ("I wonder what he/she was trying to communicate here?"), subjective ("I like / do not like it") and introspective("it makes me feel....")
In my opinion, there are several ways to look at Before and After plastic surgery pictures.
PERSONALIZED - similar to the art approach it is purely subjective instead of analytic -
- I like it VS I do not like this .
- I THINK I look like her so...THIS is what I am going to look like.
ANALYTIC / DETACHED - A much better appreciation of a surgeon's work is derived from a careful observation;
- the pictures are early (ie no long-term results which better demonstrate results) or long-term results.
- The patient is thin vs. obese with
- normal vs. sun damaged skin,
- minimal pooch vs. large degree of tummy laxity,
- the Mons pubis was / was not droopy,
- the amount of waist / hip / tummy contouring were poor, average, good or excellent.
I think the latter systematic approach, once adopted, tend to confuse you less and better educate you on what to look for. You can also ask plastic surgeons to show you on their pictures what they consider an acceptable, good or great result. Some would not answer but many would.
Hope this helps.
Dr. P. Aldea
Looking at before and after photos of tummy tucks
When looking at photos of tummy tucks (or any procedure for that matter) look at patients who have the same general pre-operative body type as you do. Remember that scars take many months to fade, so consider when the post-operative photos were taken. Liposuction is commonly performed with tummy tuck, especially on the hip/flank area.
Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos - Look for a narrow waist and NO SCARS AROUND BELLY BUTTON
It can be difficult to evaluate before and after photos. With tummy tuck photos, you are looking for the following
1) A beutiful, natural looking belly button with no scar
2) a narrow waist
3) a flat abdomen
4) scars that are low on the abdomen (not all scars can be low, but many can. - you should see examples of scars that re easily hidden in a bikini)
4) no fulness in upper abdomen
You should be abale to see images from a front, side and oblique view, and you should be able to get a close look at scars and belly buttons.
Photos should not be the only criteria you use when selecting a surgeon. But, photos can demonstrate the ability of a plastic surgeon to perform the procedure of interest to you with the results you would like.
Look for flat shapely stomach and faint scars after tummy tuck.
Results of tummy tuck (and of all cosmetic surgery) vary widely. Some doctors put up rather bad results on their web sites, and I don't know what that means. We all get an occasional disappointing result. But either they don't have good results, or their eye cannot tell the difference between a good and a bad result.
You know what you would like to look like. Look for pictures that look close to that.
Tummy tuck before and after pictures
GREAT! you have now done your research. You are off than 90% of the pre surgery patient population. You need to have realistic expectations. You need to know photos can be photo shopped. You next should see 3 boarded plastic surgeons and some in person patient examples, so you can see 'LIVE' the results.
Evaluating Tummy Tuck Photos
With regard to evaluating photos, it really doesn't need to be complicated...
You should be able to look at the photos and see an attractive abdomen with which you would be happy. That's it.
You should know, however, that there are going to be a GREAT many other things that you should take into consideration when selecting a surgeon and experience for yourself-
For a healthy understanding of how to choose a surgeon AND how to evaluate photos, please read this:
What to get out of viewing before and after pictures of tummy tucks
1. The pictures give you a gebneral idea of what a tummy uck looks like and what results can be achieved.
2. The pictures will give you an idea of where the scars are
3. If you compare a group of pictures from different plastic surgeons you may get an idea of where they are the same and where they are different.
4. Jusrt like all before pictures ore duifferent, all the after pictures will be different based on the dr, the patient and the technique used.
Before and after photos of tummy tucks or any procedure can provide you with a general idea of the result that can be achieved. However, do not base your decision entirely on these photos. There are ways of "touching up" photos today. The most important thing is to find a board-certified plastic surgeon whom you can trust and feel comfortable with.