How Many Sizes Can You Drop with A Tummy Tuck?

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


While most people carry a little loose skin on their abdomen, it can be a source of great insecurity and frustration. Whether this resulted from substantial weight loss or pregnancy, a tummy tuck procedure from SSK Plastic Surgery can address this and create a more contoured appearance. So how much weight do you lose with a tummy tuck?

If you are researching different types of tummy tucks, you should understand what to expect from the procedure. The good news is that our patients find themselves looking and feeling comfortable in their favorite clothing again. Contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi in Newport Beach, CA to find out about tummy tuck surgery and how to get started.

What does a tummy tuck do?

So what does a tummy tuck do? A tummy tuck removes hanging skin from the lower portion of the belly. Liposuction is usually employed to treat small pockets of fat in the area. If patients have weakened or separated abdominal muscles from a previous pregnancy, Dr. Kelishadi can tighten the underlying tissue. The result of tummy tuck surgery is an overall firmer, smoother, and leaner look.

How much weight do you lose with a tummy tuck?

So how much weight do you lose with a tummy tuck? Tummy tuck and body contouring surgery are not designed to be a substitute for weight loss. However, it is possible to lose a few pounds in the process. Ultimately, this depends on how much excess skin and fat are addressed. A mini tuck, for example, removes far less skin than a full tummy tuck. This means mini tummy tuck patients may not lose as much weight.

During a consultation, we can examine the area and listen to your concerns before creating a custom treatment plan. Keep in mind that there may not be a significant change on the scale following tummy tuck surgery.

Tummy tucks and clothing sizes

It is challenging to determine whether someone will go down a clothing size when getting a Newport Beach tummy tuck. Again, it mainly depends on the type of tummy tuck and body contouring surgery you receive. Nevertheless, most women will see at least one drop in size. Others may stay the same size or drop two sizes or more. You should be aware of these possibilities before scheduling your procedure.

How do I maintain my tummy tuck results?

Tummy tuck surgery is not a free pass to eat or drink whatever you want without exercise. You will still need to live a generally healthy lifestyle to retain your new look. Keeping a consistent routine will keep you at your target body weight for years to come. In fact, tummy tuck and body contouring often motivate people to continue losing weight and achieve their ultimate goal size.

Get a Newport Beach tummy tuck

If you struggle with loose or hanging skin in the abdominal area, you may want to consider a Newport Beach tummy tuck. Patients at SSK Plastic Surgery enjoy a boost in self-esteem and confidence, no matter how many sizes they go down. If are you ready to book a tummy tuck with Dr. Sean Kelishadi, our team is happy to guide you through each step. We can describe the types of tummy tucks available and what you should expect afterward.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.