Tummy Tuck FAQ

Tummy tuck patients at Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery get more than flatter abdomens. With restored confidence and reinvigorated physiques, these women and men find enhanced satisfaction with both the quality of their bodies and their lives. Although tummy tuck remains a popular body contouring option year after year, many prospective patients still have questions about the specifics of this exciting surgery. Dr. Eric Chang has compiled a list of the questions he hears most often from the patients who visit him from in and around Baltimore for a tummy tuck.

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Dr. Eric Chang

A board-certified plastic surgeon focused on beautiful results, Dr. Eric Chang looks forward to helping you.

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How much weight can I lose from a tummy tuck?

Abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, is not a weight-loss procedure, and it's not a good match for people who are significantly overweight. Although you will lose a nominal amount of weight simply due to the removal of fat and skin, the surgery is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. A tummy tuck is an ideal procedure for a person who is close to his or her goal weight but who has sagging abdominal skin and tissue that doesn't respond to diet or exercise.

What are the steps of tummy tuck surgery?

Each tummy tuck Dr. Chang performs is different, but most surgeries follow the same course. First, he makes an incision that runs horizontally across the abdomen. He places the incision just above the pubic area, so the resulting scar is well-hidden in clothing and swimwear. Dr. Chang removes excess fat using liposuction and surgically tightens loose or damaged abdominal muscles. He cuts away excess skin and redrapes remaining skin for a smooth, taut contour. In some cases, he may also reposition the navel for a natural-looking placement and an attractive appearance.

How is a tummy tuck different from liposuction of the abdomen?

Liposuction is often done in conjunction with a tummy tuck at our Baltimore-area practice, but they can also be performed separately. Liposuction of the abdomen removes pockets of stubborn fat, but it does not address excess or stretched skin. In addition to removing excess fat from the midsection, a tummy tuck also tightens the abdominal muscles and reduces loose, hanging skin. When combined into one surgery, these individual components create a harmonious result.

Am I a candidate for a mini-abdominoplasty?

A mini version of a tummy tuck appeals to many patients because it leaves a shorter scar, but it's not appropriate for everyone. If you have loose skin and tissue both above and below your navel, you likely would benefit more from a traditional tummy tuck. If your loose tissue is confined to the area below your navel, a mini tuck may be an option. Dr. Chang's goal is to provide you with your best possible results, so he will recommend the option that best suits your needs.

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

Pregnancy after tummy tuck is safe, but Dr. Chang advises against it. The changes the body undergoes during pregnancy can alter the results of a tummy tuck, potentially necessitating revisionary surgery. If possible, Dr. Chang recommends putting off a tummy tuck until you're finished having children.

Will a tummy tuck affect my tattoo?

Because the surgery removes and repositions loose skin, it is possible that an abdominal tattoo would be affected. If this is a concern, Dr. Chang may be able to adjust his surgical technique to minimize this possibility. During your consultation, Dr. Chang evaluates your abdomen and can take this concern into account

Can I add procedures to my tummy tuck?

Yes! Tummy tuck is frequently performed at the same time as breast procedures. In fact, a popular option called a mommy makeover combines several different surgeries into a single operation. Mommy makeovers typically include liposuction, breast lift with or without augmentation, and a tummy tuck, but they can include other options based on the person's goals. By performing these procedures at once, the patient's overall recovery time is reduced, and the end result can be quite dramatic.


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Dr. Chang has traveled abroad with various organizations including ReSurge International (formerly Interplast) and Hospital de la Familia to such remote places such as Nuevo Progreso, Guatemala, Guanajuato, Mexico, and Haiti.

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Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
8860 Columbia 100 Parkway #206
Columbia, Maryland 21045
Telephone: (410) 740-9330
Fax: (410) 740-9335

Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: Dr. Eric Chang
8860 Columbia 100 Parkway #206
Columbia, MD 21045
(410) 740-9330
Fax: (410) 740-9335

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Chang of Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery offers procedures for the face, breasts and body, including breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, face lift, liposuction, and tummy tuck. The Maryland practice serves patients from Columbia, Ellicott City, Glen Burnie, Frederick, Baltimore, and surrounding cities.