19 yo with 2 kids, with a terrible overhang and appendix scar. Is a tummy tuck the right procedure for me ? (photo)

I am only 19 but have 2 children my boy who is 4 and a little girl who is 1. I do not want any more children. I am getting married in march and have booked for a consultation for this procedure. Just want some opinions. I have a terrible over hang ans my appendix scar on my right hand side makes it much worst!

Doctor Answers 19

Tummy tuck

Yes if you are in good medical shape you are a very good candidate for atummy tuck. You have hanging skin that needs to be removed

New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Great Candidate For Tummy Tuck Even at 19 Years old

You are a superb candidate for a tummy tuck even though you are only 19 years of age. There is little you can do about the way your abdominal area looks short of surgery. Whether more children are in your future is hard to say at 19 but at least you do not currently want more. Even if that occurs in the future after a tummy tuck, it will not affect your ability to carry a pregnancy to term or have a normal c-section delivery.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 72 reviews

Great Candidate for Tummy Tuck

Thanks for your question, you are an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck: this procedure can take away the excess skin (the 'overhang'), tighten the abdominal muscles and remove a lot (but not all) of the stretch marks that you have. I know that you said that you do not want any more children, but you are still very young and you may change your mind! Getting a tummy tuck does not mean that you cannot have children in the future, but your results might get stretched out with the subsequent pregnancy. Good luck!

Matthew Concannon, MD
Columbia Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Am I Suitable for a Tummy Tuck?

Maybe, based on your photos posted YES But the age and possibility of more children makes me wonder if waiting a few years would be better option. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 173 reviews

Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck

Based on your photos, you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck and some liposuction in the sides of your waist. You will still have some stretch marks but overall, things should be much improved.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

Tummy tuck?

You seem to be a great candidate for a tummy tuck with liposuction. Review the risks with a board certified plastic surgeon and spend some time looking at that surgeon's pre and post photos to ensure it will meet your expectations.

James B. Lowe III, MD
Oklahoma City Plastic Surgeon
3.7 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Suitable for a tummy tuck?

Thank you for sending the photos.  It appears that you would be a good candidate for a tummy tuck.  The rectus muscles can be placed back together at that time as well.  the appendectomy scar can usually be rolled into the tummy tuck scar as well.  Remember that having realistic expectation is the key.  Best to talk with your 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

"Terrible Hangover"

I think as long as you have realistic expectations , and want to remove the excess skin then it is a win for both . If a plication is done it some times takes a little longer to recover and be active .  But, the surgeon examining you will know best. Nothing beats the physical exam . Good Luck and congrats on your wedding.


Paul Albear, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Am I Suitable for a Tummy Tuck?

Yes, you do appear to have a tummy that would benefit from a tummy tuck, with loose, overhanging skin and probably some fascial laxity with separation of the muscles (diastasis recti).  As long as you are not planning for any further pregnancies, you would be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. If you are unsure, postpone consideration of a tummy tuck until you are certain that you are done having children.

Robert M. Grenley, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 87 reviews

Tummy tuck at any age

From the pictures it appears that you have the typical conditions that a tummy tuck corrects (and which cannot be corrected with diet and exercise): stretched out skin, and likely some separation of the abdominal wall muscles. Your surgeon will be able to advise you best, after seeing you personally. If you are planning to have more children, it may be best to wait.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

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