Tummy Tuck to Reduce Waist 5-10 Inches - Is This Possible?

Hi I would like to know if you can reduce your stomach/waste by 5-10 inches with lipo and tummy tuck? I'm about 5'2, 159 lbs, mearements 35c-32-40, most of my weight in the stomach area is under the navel but I'm sure the stomach itself 5 lbs can be taken (if not more) with the loose skin from having kids. I would like for my measerments to be somewhere along the lines of 38C (implants with a lift)-22-32. Will this be at all possible and if so, can it be done in one session.

Doctor Answers 22

Tummy tuck is about shaping visually, not in measured inches

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Mommy makeover is the term for tummy tuck with liposuction about the hips which can significantly rejuvenate the abdomen after changes from pregnancy.  I am a board certified plastic surgeon and I have never known any board certified plastic surgeon to "quote" exact inch changes involved in a procedure.  There are way too many variables to predict this.  If someone led you to believe that 10 inches could be changed in a procedure, I think you need to see another doctor because this is not a realistic or even safe goal to be aiming for.  Pulling the abdomen too tight and trying to aggressively liposuction the waist will significantly increase your risk for skin necrosis (loss of abdominal skin) which can lead to more revision and even reconstructive surgery.  Sometimes the abdomen and torso needs to be handled in two stages whereby the abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and liposuction of the hips can be done in one surgery, followed by addition liposuction targeting the upper abdomen in a second smaller procedure several months later.  We have found this approach to be very safe and effective with our patients.  Finally, almost certainly some of the fullness can also be caused by "intra-abdominal fat" which is the fat that is inside of the abdomen with the intestines.  This fullness is only "decreased" with weight loss and cannot be surgically altered with tummy tuck and liposuction alone.  I hope this helps and I would encourage you to not concentrate so much on exact measurements so as not to be disappointed.



James F. Boynton, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Can a tummy tuck reduce the waist 5 inches?

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A tummy tuck is a safe and effective procedure to contour the abdomen, create a tight waist, and remove extra skin, fat, and stretch marks.

Patients who undergo this procedure should understand that every result is unique. During the initial consultation, we spent a great deal of time talking to the patient's to help understand their concerns, learn their aesthetic goals and perform a thorough evaluation so that together, we can create a surgical plan that will help them meet their goals.
Among our patients, we have had women who have lost more than 5 inches off their wasit. Please understand that your results may vary significantly and it is essential to have an honest discussion with your plastic surgeon and establish realistic expectations.
Our patients find that rather focusing on a specific number, it is more helpful to work towards creating a beautiful overall shape.

Tummy tuck and waist

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While a tummy tuck may reduce your overall girth and possibly waist size, I would focus on losing more weight at this point first.  Having the surgery will improve the contour but may not drop the waist too much. Remember, the underlying bony and msucular soft tissue contribute as well.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Can't guestimate inches off from a tummy tuck

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It is only possible to remove the extra sin and fat in the lower abdomen, tighten the muscles and occasionally do some liposuction as in the flanks in the performance of a tummy tuck.  After that, your body and it's musculoskeletal frame take over and define how much weight and how many inches you can lose.  

Weight loss and inches

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Tummy tucks and liposuction are tools we use to shape and contour people's midsections to look more attractive. Often weight loss of any significance is seldom achieved but that does not mean it is not worth doing. Rather than setting a goal of weight loss or inches, be aware that plastic surgeons are people too. Although every attempt to improve your appearance is undertaken, it is not an exact science. When patients understand this, the results are often quite dramatic even though the scale would not predict much difference.

Timothy Fee, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 58 reviews

Possible for tummy tuck to trim 5 to 10 inches from waist?

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The tummy tuck operation addresses loose (droopy) skin, extra fat, and rectus muscles that have been pulled apart, (usually with pregnancy). We take off a substanital amount of tissue, but it does not weigh that much when placed on the scale. Remember bone and muscle weigh more than fat and skin. It will look like more "weight" was dropped by the patient as they will get into their clothes better and have a trimmer shape.  Hard to say exactly how many inches.  Best to talk to a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.  Together you will come up with a plan.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Tummy Tuck to Reduce Waist 5-10 Inches - Is This Possible?

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Thank you for the question. As you can imagine, there is no "standard" number of inches lost after surgery given that every patient who undergoes tummy tuck surgery is different. Factors that come into play when it comes to answering your question include: overall body type, degree of muscle separation and adequacy of repair (plication), type of tummy tuck surgery performed, amount of adipose tissue present, quantity/quality of life is such an surgery performed, post operative maintenance of diet/exercise program…

My best suggestion: select your plastic surgeon carefully. Ask to see lots of examples of similar patients and evaluate their outcomes. Doing so you may be able to achieve a level of expectation that is realistic.

Best wishes.

Impossible to accurately predict reduction

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It would be impossible to tell you exactly how much reduction you can experience from a tummy tuck, because the amount of fat and skin removed would have to be appropriate and safe for you. A better estimate of how you may look after surgery can be obtained from an inperson consultation with your surgeon.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Changing body measurements after plastic surgery

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Without seeing pictures, it is hard to predict the type of result you can expect. Keep in mind that your chest, waist and hip measurements are partially determined by your rib cage and pelvic bone structure (which realistically can't be changed). So you may want to see a Board Certified plastic surgeon in person and have a good discussion on the realistic expectations after any type of procedure. At 5'2" and 159 lbs, a weight loss program may be a better way to start improving your appearance and it may improve your plastic surgery results.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Tummy tuck to lose 5-10 inches around waist

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Despite dramatic differences in the appearance of an abdomen, little if any change can occur in the measurements becuase these may be more reflective of the bony dimensions rather than the skin and fatty dimensons. IF this is to be achieved it may require a circumferential belt lipectomy and more than one surgery. To ensure an optimal result you should be closer to your ideal body weight of 115 lbs.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

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