When should you get a tummy tuck
I think you would have an outstanding result with a tummy tuck, Of course, it’s real surgery, and there are risks, and scars and the potential for disappointment even in the absence of a complication.
But with the all the excess skin you have (and congrats on losing the weight) a tummy tuck seems like exactly the right procedure for you.
Whether or not it’s worth it for you is something you’ll have to decide – AFTER you talk to a few surgeons. I would suggest that you read some more about this procedure, and then make appointments to see three plastic surgeons in your area.
After you’ve met with those surgeons, and heard what’s involved with the procedure (the surgery itself, costs, risks, etc) you’ll be in a better position to make the right choice for yourself. (Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS, West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon)
You are a candidate for a variety of body contouring options including tummy tuck, and body lift. Consult with 3 board certified plastic surgeons to understand your options and choose the surgeon/surgical plan that best meets your needs/objectives. (Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS, Albany Plastic Surgeon)
Obviously very motivated and your age is totally on your side. Do the tummy tuck (belt perhaps but you might be tight enough in the back at your age such that you can avoid the belt), tighten up the muscles and liposuction away with the love handles and you will be a very happy young man. (Steven M. Lynch, MD, Kansas City Plastic Surgeon)
There is no substitute for a tummy tuck in view of your skin laxity
According to photos, Yes, you need a tummy tuck to deal with that extra loose skin. There is no substitute By the way, congrats on losing all that weight. Sometimes I wrap the tummy tuck around the body on either side to also elevate the butt (Check patient KK on my website). The tummy tuck will get rid of those stretch marks.
We typically perform liposuction at the same time as the tummy tuck. I have some examples of other young men on my website, attached. You may want to check it out to see what the result looks like and the appearance of the scar, which is important to keep down low. (Eric Swanson, MD)
There a re a number of different options that you have in improving your abdomial soft tissue laxity and which one would be best depends on what your goals are. I suspect that photos of your sides and back would show comparable amounts of skin and soft tissue laxity. When this occurs you will have to decide if you want to undergo a full/extended tummy tuck or a circumferential tummy tuck (body lift).
The second option will correct all of the laxity but will result in a longer incision. Have a few consultations with board certified plastic surgeons that have experience in body contouring after massive weight loss and take a look at both of these options. A mini tummy tuck or liposuction alone are not likely good options for you at this time. (Remus Repta, MD, Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon)
An abdominoplasty aka tummy tuck will make a big difference for you, but a lower body lift is more suited for people who have lost substantial amounts of weight. A tummy tuck may leave behind fullness in your sides/flanks, whereas a body lift will address the flanks as well.
The recovery is not substantially different. As you seek your consultations, visit at least one plastic surgeon who has a lot of experience treating patients after massive weight loss. (David L. Kaufman, MD, Folsom Plastic Surgeon)
Based on photos and your amount of weight loss, I do feel you would be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. I recommend consulting with a few board certified plastic surgeons in your area until you find one you are very comfortable with. (William Bruno, MD, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon)
An abdominoplasty or extended abdominoplasty (tummy tuck or extended tummy tuck) with a low incision with muscle plication would correct the excess skin and flatten your abdomen. If you’re healthy and a non-smoker, you could be a great candidate. (Donna Rich, MD, Houston Plastic Surgeon)