Hello. I am a 29 y/o F; very healthy and mother to a 2 1/2 y/o. I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy and I am smaller now than before I got pregnant. My lower stomach is still hangs and has not gained its elasticity back. I am interested in getting a tummy tuck and I am also active duty military; any advice?

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  1. Dr. O'Neil Engeron wrote on :

    I think the other responses are all “on the mark”, however if you are in the military, you should first find out if there is a military hospital on your base, or nearby.. There were plastic surgery training programs at both the Army and nearby Air Force bases where I trained, and I think at the base where i was stationed in Japan. You may be able to have your surgery performed there. An exam may show that you may have a hernia present, which would justify your surgery on the base, if not, I am in Houma, LA. Good luck.
    O’Neil Engeron, M.D.

  2. Dr. Sam Sukkar wrote on :

    First of all thank you for your service in the military!
    You do sound like a great candidate for a Lipo Abdominoplasty also known as a Tummy Tuck with Liposuction. Tummy Tucks address a number of issues that women experience post pregnancy.
    1. Skin Laxity
    2. Unwanted volume or fatty tissue causing contour issues
    3. Abdominal muscle wall weakening
    By addressing these 3 issues you get the best contour with the best waistline. Ensure that the surgeon you are consulting with is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. You can log on to or to confirm.

    All the best,
    Sam M. Sukkar MD, FACS

  3. DrFrankAgullo wrote on :

    From your description, it seem that you would be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck addresses and repairs four things:
    – loose skin
    – stretch marks
    – loose muscles (abdominal bulge)
    – waisline
    I would recommend you start your consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.

  4. Dr. Humberto Palladino wrote on :

    The best advice is to have a consultation where we can go over a physical exam and see what will be best for you. For a tummy tuck you will need about two weeks off work and some 1-2 months off heavy exercise. I see patients in Las Cruces NM and El Paso TX if you are interested. Your muscles are likely stretched from the pregnancy and no matter how much exercise you do will be unlikely to return to what it was before. A tummy tuck will fix that problem. Best to you.

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