Does a Tummy Tuck Make Your Waist Smaller? (Before and After Photos)

Woman wearing jeans and lifting her sweater to expose her waist (model)

As many people know, a tummy tuck removes the excess abdominal skin that can limit your wardrobe options and make you self-conscious when exercising or even getting undressed in front of a partner. But can it create a “snatched waist”—a narrow waistline that accentuates your trim, toned body?

How much a tummy tuck alone can reduce your waist size depends on your specific concerns. Patients with excess fat, abdominal muscle laxity (diastasis recti), and surplus skin typically need to combine a tummy tuck with liposuction to get the desired results.

What Happens During a Tummy Tuck?

A full tummy tuck removes excess skin both above and below the bellybutton. Dr. Mosher also tightens lax abdominal muscles that can create a belly pooch. During the procedure, Dr. Mosher makes an incision around the bellybutton and pushes it down. Then he makes a horizontal incision along the abdomen just above the pubic area and elevates the flap of tissue to expose the abdominal muscles.

After repairing the 6-pack muscles by suturing them tight, he pulls down on the skin and removes the excess. Dr. Mosher then creates a new opening for the bellybutton and makes it appear natural. Finally, he meticulously closes the incision along the abdomen to ensure the scar is as straight as possible.

Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 186 Front View in Vancouver, BC
Before & After Tummy Tuck Surgery
Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 65 Front View in Vancouver, BC
Before & After Tummy Tuck Surgery

Combine Liposuction With a Tummy Tuck for a Slimmer Waist

Even though a tummy tuck alone reduces the size of your waist, including liposuction during the procedure sculpts a tighter, contoured waistline. During a tummy tuck, Dr. Mosher may use power-assisted liposuction (PAL) to remove fat from the flanks and upper abdomen. The PAL technique breaks up fatty tissue with a vibrating cannula so the surgeon doesn’t have to move the thin tube back and forth vigorously. This enables him to remove more fat in a shorter time, and it’s gentler.

When performed by an experienced, Royal College-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Mosher, the combination of a tummy tuck with liposuction creates an attractive, hourglass shape that enhances your overall figure. In some cases, patients combine the body contouring procedures with breast augmentation with or without a breast lift. This combination surgery is especially popular among women after they’ve had children.

Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 374 Front View in Vancouver, BC
Before & After Liposuction & Tummy Tuck Surgery
Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 276 Front View in Vancouver, BC
Before & After Liposuction & Tummy Tuck Surgery

Maintaining Your Results

After getting a narrower waist and flatter tummy by combining a tummy tuck with liposuction, you can maintain those results by regularly exercising, consuming a nutritious diet, and leading an overall healthy lifestyle.

If you are looking to improve your midsection and slim your waist, start by looking for a body contouring specialist certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. You can request a consultation with Dr. Mosher at our Langley, BC, practice using the online form or by calling us at (604) 888-9378 to schedule an appointment.

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