Having a child or losing a significant amount of weight can be exciting life events, but both, unfortunately, leave many people with excess, loose skin in the midsection and stretch marks on the abdomen. Loose skin and stretch marks aren’t like fat. Sadly, diet and exercise will not improve them. 

After having children or reaching their weight loss goals, many women feel guilty for investing in themselves and bouncing back with cosmetic surgery, but it yields incredible confidence-boosting results. The tummy tuck is one of the most popular aesthetic procedures because of the dramatic yet natural results it promotes in sculpting the midsection. According to Summit Health, the tummy tuck is the sixth most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S., with nearly 140,000 performed each year.

Goals Of A Tummy Tuck

Typically, the goal of the tummy tuck is to flatten and tighten the midsection after substantial weight loss or pregnancy. Repositioning torn or sagging abdominal muscles to their youthful placement, tightening loose abdominal skin, smoothing stretch marks, and often removing fatty deposits in the lower abdominals. Results are long-lasting as long as you maintain a stable weight, according to Mayo Clinic.

Abdominoplasty is a highly customizable procedure tailored to your lifestyle, needs, and preferences. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Markarian in Boston can use specific techniques and will combine surgical procedures to address all your concerns regarding your midsection in one surgery. The different components Dr. Markarian considers for each of his tummy tuck patients include:

Muscle tightening: When the abdominal muscles are overstretched and torn due to weight fluctuations and childbearing, Dr. Markarian tightens them and restores them to their original position for a rejuvenated contour.

Fat removal: Many patients concerned with excess skin and torn muscles in their abdomen also have issues with stubborn fat around their entire midsection. Dr. Markarian can deliver smoother results that show off their natural muscle tone and improve their waistline silhouette with a tummy tuck and liposuction (liposculpture).

Skin tightening: Dr. Markarian helps patients achieve a tight and flat abdomen and a slimmer waistline with muscle tightening and fat removal. He finds an essential step toward rejuvenating the waistline area is to tighten and trim away excess skin.

Natural, rejuvenated belly button: Dr. Markarian uses a “special” belly button technique during every tummy tuck procedure to provide an “innie” with no visible scar on the external skin.

Based on reviews from patients across RealSelf, tummy tuck has a 95% “worth it” rating. If that doesn’t convince you enough that tummy tuck results are worth the investment of money, recovery, and time away from work, here are 4 photos of “ real” patients of Dr. Markarian’s who reached their goals with tummy tuck.

Taking Waistlines Back 10 Years 

4 months after a tummy tuck with liposuction

Believe it or not, this patient is nearing 50. This lovely 49-year-YOUNG patient is shown 4 months post-op from a tummy tuck with liposuction with Dr. Markarian. The waistline incision is low and is hidden easily underneath the underwear line. 

Addressing The Entire Midsection From Front To Back

6 months after a circumferential body lift

Dr. Markarian sculpted and tightened this patient’s entire midsection from front to back with a circumferential body lift. A circumferential body lift combines a tummy tuck with a back lift. Incisions are made from front to back, removing excess skin and with skin laxity improvement in the lateral thighs.

Snatching The Waistline And Accentuating The Buttocks

4 ½ months after lipo-abdominoplasty

This patient was concerned about more than excess skin and stretch marks on her stomach. She wanted to sculpt her entire midsection: the abdomen, flanks, and back, hoping to remove stubborn fat pockets and skin laxity. Dr. Markarian snatched her waist and accentuated her buttocks with a lipo-abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck combined with 360 liposculpture. 

Achieving accentuation of the buttocks and hips with added contouring by cinching the waist with skin removal, skin and muscle tightening, and liposuction alone, and no fat was grafted to any specific areas to achieve this result. Allowing this patient to recover lying on her back and sides, unlike in a recovery from a BBL.

Bye-Bye, Stubborn Flank Fat

6 months following a short incision abdominoplasty with liposuction

The flanks or the area on the sides and back of the abdomen usually store stubborn fat. This area is a common concern for weight loss and post-pregnancy patients and, during a tummy tuck, can be addressed with liposuction. Dr. Markarian can accomplish repositioning and retightening of the abdominal muscles and removing and tightening excess skin with a tummy tuck. The removal of fatty deposits in the flanks is achieved by liposuction.

A scar-minimizing technique provided a short waistline incision hidden below this patient’s bikini line.

Ready To Redefine Your Waistline?

Dr. Markarian is Harvard-trained and richly experienced in creating an “internal corset” effect for tummy tuck patients who hope for a beautifully balanced waistline and abdominal silhouette. He always strives to achieve a natural result that complements a patient’s natural frame.

If you’re ready to restore the tight midsection you had years ago and redefine your waistline, schedule a consultation with Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Markarian.