How Can I Get Rid Of This Overhanging Stomach Skin After My Weight Loss?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I lost 90 lbs over the last 2 years. I have been body building during that time and cannot seem to get rid of my stubborn belly skin/fat. I have some abdominal definition but too much skin underneath my navel. Of course, I am very concerned about cost and surprised at myself for even inquiring about the procedure, but I am almost to the conclusion that a mini TT is the only way I can get rid of the extra skin. I would love your expert opinion and recommendations! Thanks for taking a look at my pictures for me.

A: You are to be congratulated on making such a body change. Not many people can lose nearly 100 lbs and end up with a fairly well sculpted body. But you are correct in that you have done all you can do and the lower abdominal skin will only respond to surgical removal. The good news is that it is tremendously successful and will put the final touches to your body transformation. This mini-tummy tuck is what most men actually need as their abdominal skin shrinks much better than women because of retained skin elasticity. (never having gotten pregnant) Also male tummy tucks do not require manipulation of the rectus muscles (muscle sewing) for the same reason. This makes everything about the male tummy tuck a little easier than that of many women. The biggest problem in men is to control their activity level afterwards for three weeks to avoid a postoperative fluid collection. (seroma)

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana