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4 Tips for Looking at Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos

4 Tips For Looking At Tummy Tuck Before And After Photos

Tummy tuck before and after photos can show outstanding results. Patients can go from having notable skin folds, wrinkling, and deposits of stubborn fat to having flat, smooth abdomens with little to no visible scarring.

But will every patient’s tummy tuck before and after look like this?

Only if the patient has done their research, chosen the right plastic surgeon, and — together with their surgeon — developed a clear plan for surgery.

If you’re on the path to getting a tummy tuck, all of this starts right now — as you browse before and after tummy tuck photos.

We advise starting with before and after galleries as you search for the right plastic surgeon, in fact. Perusing a surgeon’s past work can tell you a lot about their skill level and how they approach surgery.

But if you’re not sure what to look for in this regard, not to worry.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of four key things to keep in mind while looking at tummy tuck procedure before and after photos. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to finding a plastic surgeon that’s right for you.

Top Tips When Browsing Tummy Tuck Before and After Pictures

1. Examine the angles, positioning, and lighting in the photos.

You’d be amazed at how different people can look in different lighting, when shot from different angles, and when positioned differently. With any type of before and after photo set, you want all of the variables in the “before” photos and the “after” photos to be as similar as possible.

This goes for lighting, backgrounds, camera angles, patient positioning, clothes, and photo cropping. When these factors vary, it can be difficult to truly assess a patient’s results accurately.

2. Find patients who look similar to you.

Whenever you’re looking at plastic surgery before and after pictures, always search for patients you share attributes with as this will help you see what your potential results might actually look like.

As you peruse the pictures filter cases by gender first. If you’re a man seeking abdominoplasty, look for male tummy tuck before and after photos only. If you don’t do this, you’ll find yourself scrolling endlessly for every tummy tuck before and after male photo set, when you could have just filtered the pictures.

Likewise, try to find patients who you share a similar age, skin type, height, and body type with. Try to find those who have the same aesthetic concerns as well (in their “before” photos) and those whose results you prefer.

3. Find patients who underwent the specific type of tummy tuck you want.

By now, you should know the difference between the main types of tummy tucks. There are actually many to choose from, including the mini tummy tuck, full tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck, hourglass tummy tuck, fleur-de-lis tummy tuck, and others.

You’ll see right away that a mini tummy tuck before and after can look very different from an hourglass tummy tuck before and after. So, you’ll want to be sure that what you’re looking at matches your personal goals. This will help you obtain a more accurate idea of what’s possible.

4. Look for results you like.

It may seem simple, but when you consistently like a plastic surgeon’s “after” photos, this is a good overall sign that this surgeon may be right for you. Some of the things you’ll want to look for include even results, limited scar visibility, smooth skin, and a lack of bumps and stretch marks.

Also, closely examine the patient’s navel. A belly button after tummy tuck surgery should be natural-looking whether it was moved, adjusted, or left alone.

FAQ: Tummy Tuck Surgery

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

Every tummy tuck case is different. So, estimating cost is difficult without a plastic surgeon first meeting with the patient to diagnose their needs and discuss their desired results. If you would like to obtain an accurate estimate on the cost of a tummy tuck, book a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Sieber today.

Will insurance pay for a tummy tuck?

You are always welcome to connect with your insurance company and inquire what requirements and age provider stipulations dictate for abdominoplasty coverage. However, the majority of tummy tucks are not considered “medically necessary” by insurance providers. Therefore, they are not typically covered.

Should I get a tummy tuck or liposuction?

Mini Tummy Tuck Before And AfterLiposuction vs tummy tuck is actually a very common dilemma for patients. But the answer is usually clear when someone comes in for a consultation.

Tummy tuck surgery targets loose skin on the upper and/or lower abdomen, and it also repairs separated abdominal muscles. Liposuction, on the other hand, targets stubborn deposits of excess fat and can be performed on the abdomen as well as other parts of the body.

If you require both stubborn fat and excess skin removal, a tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction.

Can men get a tummy tuck?

Yes, absolutely. Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is a male female procedure, and it is often performed on both men and women patients.

How long does a tummy tuck last?

This is different for every patient and typically dependent on one’s lifestyle choices. For most patients, tummy tuck results are long-lasting. The best way to ensure this is by maintaining a stable weight and keeping up your health with a nutritious diet and exercise.

Call Today to Set Up a Consultation

To find out more about tummy tuck surgery and body contouring procedures, please contact our office today. We would be happy to set up a consultation appointment for you with our double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Sieber.



Dr. Dave Sieber and his staff are so awesome! Dr. Sieber is personable yet professional, his work is impeccable. He listens to his patient and works with them to achieve what they want. He’s like my hair dresser, a magician, you just want to do a happy dance with the results, only these results are lasting. Ok, but seriously, the procedure was very smooth, the staff and the doctors (Dr Sieber and the anesthesiologist) had great communication and made sure I was comfortable with very clear and concise pre op and post op directions. The healing process was very easy and the results are FABULOUS. Side note, Dr. Sieber has really awesome skin, I feel like this is impressive and important because really, would you trust a dentist with bad teeth? I am so elated and satisfied with the results, the size is perfect and they look and feel very natural. They are exactly what I wanted.*

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Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*


Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*


Dr. Sieber is attentive, responsive, and well trained. I had seen him for Botox and filler and he had done both without any pain or bruising and more importantly the results were fabulous. He has met with me on time at each appointment. He communicates what to expect, made sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure, checked on my healing every day post procedure. He couldn’t be more delightful not more talented. I had seen other plastic surgeons for in office treatments over the past decade and Dr. Sieber is at the top of the list in terms of delivering the desired outcome and high quality care.*

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