After losing 100 pounds and a twin pregnancy, I had 2.5 pounds of fat/skin from my belly removed. I’m still left with a lot of flubber though as seen in this pic. These jeans are not at all too tight either. I’m horrified to think this is what I’m left with after spending so much money and going through so much pain.
Answer: Residual skin and fat
The first thing I ask patients is if they have had any major weight fluctuations or pregnancies AFTER their tummy tuck. If the answer is yes, then oftentimes this can be a reason why patients have residual skin and fat. If the answer is no, different techniques and amounts of skin resection are used by different surgeons to minimize complications due to things like too much tension on the wound etc. I cannot speak to other surgeons’ techniques, however some err on the conservative side of skin excision to prevent complications like scar widening and/or wound separation.