Will A Tummy Tuck Fix My Pregnancy Figure?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in getting  tummy tuck.  At about this time three years ago, I had a miscarriage at five months. Unfortunately, my body never really recovered from all the changes it went through. In the last three years I managed to lose about half of the weight I put on. It seems that no matter how much I try I can’t get back to normal. I’m about to graduate college and start this wonderful new chapter of my life, but I’m afraid that being stuck with my pregnancy figure will keep me from fully enjoying it. I’ve attached a couple pictures of myself for you.

A: Based on your pictures, you have an ideal stomach issue for a tummy tuck and flank liposuction. With your body now, your stomach could end up completely flat and your waistline would have an hourglass shape from the liposuction. The trade-off for this abdominal and waistline change is the low horizontal scar that accompanies every full tummy tuck. This is an issue for every woman to consider that has not yet had children and may likely do so in the future. But besides the aesthetics of the scar, it does not prevent future pregnancies nor does it affect the ability to carry a child to full term.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana