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What to Look at in Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos

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Juli Albright
Juli is our patient advocate and community connection. She balances work, life and family with grace.
Juli is our patient advocate and community connection. She balances work, life and family with grace.

What to Look at in Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos


Many online platforms offer feedback and reviews of the patients, but most of them are on side of the extreme. Online reviews and comments often make it harder for prospective patients to decide whether or not cosmetic surgery to remove excess fat is a good idea. This is when individuals considering undergoing weight loss or tummy tuck surgery need something concrete to look at to make an informed decision.

If you are considering undergoing a tummy tuck surgery, keep on reading to find out what you should look at in the before and after photos.  

Know that everyone has a different body. “Before and after photos” are an integral part of a work portfolio of an excellent board-certified plastic surgeon. It is a way to share the details of cosmetic surgery and its procedures to help patients meet their aesthetic goals.  

That is to say, if you are a newbie in the cosmetic surgery world, going through before and after images of a tummy tuck surgery is crucial. No matter how daunting, intimidating, and overwhelming this task may seem, it can help you set realistic expectations from your surgery.  

Don’t know what to notice when seeing before and after photos? Take help from these points. But before that, let’s briefly discuss why surgeons ask patients to take these photos.

Why Do Patients Take “Before and After" Images of their Plastic Surgery?

It is worth mentioning that body contouring procedures such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or breast augmentation are significant surgeries with dramatic results. A professional plastic surgeon always takes “before and after” plastics surgery photos to document results. The pictures serve as an effective and helpful visual aid to address the concerns of the patients who want to opt for it.  

Keep in mind that plastic surgeons never show photos of any recovered patient without his or her consent. Whether you opt for a mini tummy or a combination of breast lift and liposuction, doctors will not share your photos if you do not permit them.  

However, 70 percent of people who undergo cosmetic surgery allow sharing the images that do not have any distinguishing characteristics such as tattoos or face.  In fact, they feel happy to share before and after pictures of their surgery for educational purposes. The aim is to help patients visualize the impact of a particular treatment on their body.  

What to Look at in Tummy Tuck “Before and After" Images

Reject Enhanced Photos

This may be obvious to many, but it was not to me. We see many before and after photos which appear that the patient is simply flexing in the after photo. You can try it yourself in the mirror. In the first photo let your stomach hang out and in the second photo suck it in. Amazingly you have much better profile! In many many tummy tuck before and afters, surgeons will often hide the scars. This is one of the most critical things to look at when choosing a plastic surgeon. Check to ensure the dimensions of the before and after photos are the same, lighting is similar, and patient is in the same position. For a good plastic surgeon, they want to show the actual results.

Begin with the Photos of Patients Who Look Like You

Put simply, you need to find a photo of a patient who has the same physical features as you do. Closely examine their body and breast shape to understand the “changes” and “realistic results.”If you want breast enhancement surgery, compare everything from height, breast and shoulder span to nipple positioning to determine the size of the implant that is best for you.  

In short, note all the “after”photos that seem most appealing to you and find out why. Discussing this with your surgeon will help you clarify any confusion about what suits your aesthetic tastes.


In tummy tuck surgery, scars are unavoidable. For a full tummy tuck, the scar will extend from hip to hip. Most plastic surgeons, create the scar higher on the hips and lower around the pubic mound (see picture below). This is to be easily hidden by underwear or a bikini. Some surgeons do a straight across scar. On the actual scar you want it to look even across the scar. If there are wider sections of scarring or irregularities this indicates there were issues with healing or infection. This is not uncommon, but if you notice it on multiple before and afters it is not a good sign. The scar should be fairly symmetrical as well. Also we advise patients to look at before and after photos over time to know what to expect.

Belly Button

For a full tummy tuck, plastic surgeons are excising the skin from the belly button down (check out this video for a demonstration). They will make a new belly button hole. Sometimes unskilled plastic surgeons can create unnatural looking belly buttons.  Make sure you like the belly buttons of the plastic surgeon you choose!


Rarely does a patient not want liposuction with the tummy tuck. Liposuction creates a nice narrow waist. If your surgeon only does a tummy tuck it will result in a much more square / rectangular stomach area. Today a curvy waist to butt is very popular.

Don’t Hesitate to Show the Example Photos

It is as simple as it sounds. Just as you show pictures to your hairstylist or colorist for the cut or shade you want, you can do the same with your plastic surgeon. Do not hesitate to show your surgeon the results you want to achieve from a body-contouring surgery through pictures.  

This is undeniably one of the best ways to seek guidance from a cosmetic surgeon to meet your body goals. You can realistic discussion on what is possible.

Bottom Line

Overall, before and after photos on tummy tuck are very helpful to ensure that you know clearly what the procedures performed can do for you. This is critical to choosing your plastic surgeon!

Written by
Juli Albright

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