How Well Does A Tummy Tuck And Liposuction Work for Waistline Improvement?

Q:I have had a c section with my son and I have no feeling toward the bottom of my belly. I have lost 52 pounds but still over weight. I am so frustrated but I think the only thing that will work is plastic surgery. Based on my readings, it looks like liposuction and a tummy tuck will do the trick. What has been your experience with the amount of improvement that thees two procedures can do?

A: Your question is a bit of a loaded one but the answer is in most cases very well. In fact so well for some people that it can be considered a ‘waistline’ miracle. This may seem a bit of an overstatement but for many tummy tuck patients it is not. The sheer removal of a full-thickness piece of skin and fat (either above or below the belly button) does something that no diet and exercise program ever could for someone who has lost a lot of weight. (50 lbs count as a lot!) When this skin and fat removal is combined with liposuction around the waistline and into the back, significant mid-trunk reshaping is done.

Already having  a C-section scar (with numbness) and the extra skin created by your weight loss makes the consideration of a tummy tuck a fairly easy one as there are no viable alternatives. It is hard to predict how many inches may be lost around your waistline but it is fair to say at least 2 to 3 inches and maybe more. As impressive as the frontal change may be, I am always excited to help create the narrowing of the waistline by aggressive flank and back liposuction.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana