What Are the Chances for a Successful Tummy Tuck? I Have Never Seen Anyone Have a Stomach Like Mine. (photo)

Q:  The doctor said there would be concern with the stitches holding. I haven’t seen any before pictures with a stomach so abnormal looking. What are the chances that I will have a good result with this type of abnormal stomach? I never had a great stomach but could always suck it in…now I can’t even suck this in ( I had two pregnancies via csection). I am 5’5 currently 155lbs (normally weigh 140) and I look 6 mos. preggo despite losing most of my baby weight.

A: After studying your photos, it looks like you have a significant separation of your stomach muscles (your plastic surgeon will probably call this a severe diastasis recti).  This is why you are no longer able to “suck in” your stomach.  The muscles that previously allowed you to do that have separated as a result of your pregnancies.  During your tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon will need to repair this separation.  This is difficult, but possible.  I perform abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedures on women with this issue frequently.  Follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions to a T to help with a full and speedy recovery.