Pregnancy and extreme weight loss can leave behind extra skin on the abdomen, as well as stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t go away no matter the diet or exercise you try. Beyond that, both of these changes to the body can cause the abdominal muscles to separate and leave both men and women with a bloated abdominal appearance.
Every year, our board-certified plastic surgeons visit with hundreds of men and women from San Francisco who are tired of dealing with the extra skin and fat around their midsection. Even though you know that a tummy tuck can give you a slim and trim abdomen, many patients are curious about how many inches they can expect to lose through the surgery. While a tummy tuck should not be considered a weight-loss procedure, it is likely to decrease your pant size.
Your Tummy Tuck Consultation at Plastic Surgery Associates
If you’re ready to learn more about the tummy tuck procedure, the first thing you should do is schedule an initial consultation at our San Francisco office. Our doctors can use several different methods when performing tummy tuck surgery. During your appointment, they will talk to you about what you hope to achieve through a tummy tuck. They will use this information, combined with your overall health history and a physical exam, to recommend the best surgical option for your needs.
During a traditional tummy tuck, our doctors will remove excess skin, tighten separated abdominal muscles, and remove stubborn pockets of fat using liposuction. While not as common, some patients will be eligible for a mini or modified tummy tuck technique. This approach targets smaller areas of fat and usually doesn’t include muscle tightening.
Dropping Sizes After a Tummy Tuck
As we mentioned above, a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure, and patients should not expect to see a drastic change on the scale. However, with the removal of extra skin and fat from the abdomen, patients will see some reduction in their weight, as well as their clothing size.
On average, San Francisco men and women can expect to drop 2-3 sizes after a tummy tuck. However, some may not see a change in the size of the clothing they wear. This is usually due to the change in how their clothes are worn. For instance, if your extra abdominal skin and fat made you wear your pants higher or lower on your abdomen to accommodate your pooch, you may find that you’re wearing your pants at a different rise after a tummy tuck, which could mean your clothing size did not change.
Even if you do not drop down in your clothing size, rest assured that your abdomen will be flatter and more contoured after a tummy tuck with one of our doctors.
Other Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
Not only can a tummy tuck with Dr. Furnas, Dr. Canales or Dr. Culbertson potentially decrease your clothing size, but there are many more benefits you’ll experience as a result of your surgery, including:
- A more aesthetically pleasing appearance. By removing excess skin, our doctors can give patients a more flattering body contour.
- A stronger midsection. A tummy tuck can tighten the abdominal muscles, repairing areas weakened by pregnancy or major weight loss.
- Greater comfort and confidence. If you have avoided revealing clothing, bathing suits, exercise, or sports, you will enjoy more freedom in what you wear and the activities you enjoy after a tummy tuck.
- Improvement of chronic conditions. Many San Francisco patients report relief from their chronic back pain and incontinence after a tummy tuck.
Call Our Doctors to Schedule Your Initial Consultation
To find out how a tummy tuck can give you a flatter, more contoured midsection, don’t wait to call our doctors in San Francisco at (415) 278-7441 to schedule your initial consultation. A member of their friendly team is ready to help.