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Can Skinny People Have a Tummy Tuck?

Posted August 28, 2021 in Tummy Tuck

The tummy is an almost universal “trouble area”. Even if you are skinny, you may still be bothered by overstretched abdominal skin, separated abdominal muscles, or even stubborn pockets of localized lower belly fat. Fortunately, tummy tuck surgery doesn’t discriminate against people with smaller pant sizes! Even slender individuals can get a tummy tuck to improve their waistline contour.

Tummy tuck correction of lax abdominal muscles after pregnancy

What’s Included in Tummy Tuck Surgery?

The ultimate goal of tummy tuck surgery is to tighten and firm the abdomen. The procedure can include any of these three components: removing excess abdominal skin, tightening and repairing loose or weakened stomach muscles, and reducing stubborn belly fat. Not every patient needs all three of those elements; in fact, your tummy tuck surgery doesn’t even have to include any fat removal at all! Your procedure will include those components that will most benefit your figure.

How Skinny People Can Benefit from Tummy Tucks

A tummy tuck for thin individuals can include one, two, or all three of the standard tummy tuck components listed above. Here is how this procedure could help someone with a skinnier figure.

Tightening Stomach Muscles

Diastasis recti, in which the abdominal muscles separate during pregnancy, can occur in women of every size. When this occurs, it often leaves the woman with a permanent belly pooch after childbirth. For skinnier individuals, especially those who lose all their baby weight quickly, the practical and visual impacts of this can be significant.

A tummy tuck can flatten and firm the abdomen to restore a more natural waistline. By mending the separated stomach muscles, this procedure restores the core to its natural shape, position, and firmness.

Removing Loose Skin

Skin laxity can create unsightly, thin rolls of loose skin in the lower waist area. In some cases, this is caused by aging; other times, it happens to younger women who have gone through pregnancy. Individuals who are naturally slender may have extremely saggy abdominal skin after pregnancy due to the significant stretching that takes place over the short months of pregnancy.

Instead of having to continually tuck or hide rolls of skin, women can get a tummy tuck to remove the loose skin. This procedure trims away loose skin and tightens the remaining skin to flatten the stomach line for a more youthful appearance.

Reducing Localized Lower Belly Fat

People of all sizes struggle with pockets of localized, persistent fat. The lower belly is a common trouble area even among thinner individuals. On a skinny figure, a relatively small amount of stubborn belly fat can be especially noticeable and may give the impression of a sagging, aging waistline.

Individuals can receive liposuction as part of their tummy tuck to eliminate stubborn belly fat. Trimming away excess fat can restore a youthfully firm and flat abdomen.

Can You Get a Tummy Tuck If You’re Skinny?

Can you get a tummy tuck if you’re skinny? Absolutely! A tummy tuck could benefit any individual who wants to improve their abdominal contour. Even if you do not have any lower belly fat, you could still get a tummy tuck without liposuction to correct separated abdominal muscles and/or loose skin.

Interestingly, thinner individuals may benefit even more from tummy tuck surgery than individuals of average or heavier body weight. With a slender figure, even slight changes in body contour can be extremely noticeable. Adjusting the abdominal contours of a smaller figure can offer profound improvements in overall body shape.

Body dissatisfaction occurs in individuals of all shapes and sizes. If you are a thinner individual and are bothered by your abdominal contours, a tummy tuck could be right for you. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Taleisnik, call (657) 294-8375 or complete our online contact form today.