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How Many Sizes Will I Go Down With a Tummy Tuck?

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A tummy tuck is a procedure that surgically removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. It can reduce the appearance of a bulging stomach, improve your self-esteem, and help you feel more confident in your clothes. It's a common treatment among women who have had children, or people who have lost a significant amount of weight.

Because loose skin and stomach fat are removed during a tummy tuck, many people want to know how many sizes they can go down after surgery in New Orleans, LA. The answer to this question actually depends on a few factors, all of which can be discussed with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Jules Walters.

During an assessment at the MODERN Plastic Surgery & Medspa, we examine your abdomen, discuss your goals, and review tummy tuck before and after photos to manage your expectations. Call to begin your journey toward a flatter and more toned abdomen.

How much loose skin and fat are removed during a tummy tuck?

The amount is different for everyone. Some people have lots of sagging skin after pregnancy or weight loss, while others are more concerned about pockets of fat in the abdomen and surrounding areas. Dr. Walters uses special surgical techniques to create an hourglass shape that will fit better with your body type and desired results.

Will I go down a size or more?

There's no guarantee that you will go down one or more clothing sizes, although it's definitely possible. We work with each patient individually and review their unique condition to determine the best approach. Tummy tuck before and after photos can help you understand what kind of results you can achieve from the MODERN Plastic Surgery & Medspa in New Orleans, LA.


Here are a few factors that may influence your new clothing size after a tummy tuck:

  • Your skin elasticity

  • How much fat was removed

  • The amount of loose skin removed

  • Your body frame and bone structure

  • Your pre-and post-surgery diet, activity level, and overall health

What can I wear after a tummy tuck?

Patients spend about two weeks in recovery after undergoing tummy tuck surgery, with results showing after about 10 – 12 weeks and continuing to improve for months to come. During this time, it's important to avoid strenuous activity and wear comfortable clothing as instructed by Dr. Walters. Don't try to fit into a new pair of jeans right away! Instead, opt for sweatpants, loose shirts, and supportive, wire-free bras.

You can expect your abdomen to be a little swollen during recovery. This is why you shouldn't go shopping for new clothes just yet. Once you're feeling better and the swelling has gone down, you can consider a more form-fitting wardrobe that accentuates a flatter abdomen. Our patients love fitting into new jeans, dresses, bathing suits, and other clothes that they couldn't wear before.

How can I schedule a tummy tuck with a plastic surgeon near me?

Tummy tucks can be a great way to get your body back in shape and help you feel more confident. Patients near New Orleans, LA can call or email our office to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters and our team of experts at the MODERN Plastic Surgery & Medspa. Our clinic can review what’s involved with your procedure and show tummy tuck before and after photos of other New Orleans patients.

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