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Will A Tummy Tuck Change My Clothing Size?

Will A Tummy Tuck Change My Clothing Size?

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is a common body contouring procedure aimed at removing excess skin and fat from your belly area and tightening your abdominal muscles for a flatter, firmer abdomen. This procedure is often chosen by patients who cannot get rid of this excess skin and fat despite their best efforts with diet and exercise.

You may be considering abdominoplasty if:

  • You have loose skin remaining after significant weight loss
  • You have stubborn fat deposits or stretched out skin after pregnancy
  • Your weak abdominal muscles are causing back pain
  • You have stretch marks or scarring from a previous surgery
  • Your belly has loose skin associated with the normal process of aging

Whatever your reason for exploring abdominoplasty to achieve a firmer, flatter stomach, one of the most common questions patients ask is: Will A Tummy Tuck Change My Clothing Size?

The Benefits of Abdominoplasty

The average patient will lose between 5 and 10 pounds due to the removal of tissue (fat and skin). Most patients will experience a noticeable decrease in abdominal weight and a slimmer, more streamlined belly. Almost all patients will notice a decrease in their clothing size after having a tummy tuck. The size difference post-surgery is dependent on your pre-surgery weight, how your body heals, and the makeup of the tissue that was removed. You may notice a decrease of 1-3 sizes after a typical tummy tuck, but for patients who had significant loose skin, a more dramatic decrease could be achieved.

There are many other benefits to abdominoplasty too.

  • Flatter Stomach: Because your surgeon will tighten your abdominal muscles and ensure your skin is pulled taut, you will notice a flatter firmer belly.
  • Better Bladder Control: Repairing and tightening the underlying muscular structures of your abdomen can have the surprising benefit of better control of bladder function.
  • Better Posture: Weakened abdominal muscles can lead to poor posture and an aching back. Repaired abdominal muscles can provide the support needed to stand up straight and tall.
  • A Confidence Boost: If you have felt self-conscious about your belly you may have avoided certain clothing styles, certain activities, and even sitting or standing certain ways. A tummy tuck can help you get out there and live your best life.

Options To Get The Results You Want

There are two type of abdominoplasty:

  • Full Tummy Tuck: This procedure recontours the entire abdomen and repositions the belly button.
  • Mini Tummy Tuck: This procedure targets excess fat and tissue below the belly button.

Your plastic surgeon can also combine  your abdominoplasty with liposuction to achieve a more dramatic result.

Alberta Plastic Surgery: Edmonton’s Choice For Remarkable Abdominoplasty Results

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery can target excess skin and tissue that remains despite your best efforts with diet and exercise. You have options for a full or mini tummy tuck and the option to pair your abdominoplasty with liposuction for optimal results. Your tummy tuck surgery will result in a firmer, flatter stomach and repaired and tightened abdominal muscles. And yes, break out the credit card, because you will experience a decrease in your clothing size! But remember to give yourself a chance to heal and recover before replacing your entire wardrobe. It can take time for swelling to subside and for your final results to be achieved.

Dr. Adil Ladak is a board-certified and top surgeon in Edmonton, Alberta and is highly skilled in helping patients achieve the results they desire with all types of body contouring surgery including abdominoplasty. Dr. Ladak is a fully qualified Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons and his team is committed to providing patients with the facts and education to make the most informed decisions about their appearance and health. To explore all of your options for body contouring and many other surgical and non-surgical treatments to help you feel and look your best, visit Alberta Plastic Surgery in Edmonton by booking your complimentary consultation. Call us at 1-780-407-6691 or fill out the form below.


Q: Does a tummy tuck require anaesthetic?
A: Yes. Abdominoplasty is performed as a day surgery under general anaesthetic. You will need to be driven home after your procedure and will require assistance and care for your first week or so post-surgery.

Q: Will I have a scar after abdominoplasty?
A:  Your surgeon will make an incision horizontally just above your pubic line to remove unwanted fat and skin and repair abdominal muscles. This incision will be closed with sutures and will require some special care. Follow your doctor’s post surgical instructions to facilitate healing and minimize scarring. Once healed your scar will be easily hidden by your underwear or bathing suit.

Q: How long does it take to heal after a tummy tuck?
A: Recovery after abdominoplasty is different for everyone and you need to give yourself time to rest and recuperate. But in general it can take up to six weeks or even longer to fully heal. Most patients can resume all normal activity at about the six week mark if they have been cleared by their surgeon

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