One of the top concerns that patients have about plastic surgery is fear that their results will look unnatural. Although many people are eager to enhance the way they look, some find it less appealing if the fact that they had plastic surgery is too obvious.

This is especially true for tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) patients. Dr. A.J. Khalil meets with many patients who previously never gave much thought to plastic surgery but have been unable to flatten their tummy due to loose skin following pregnancy or weight loss. They are interested in firming up their stomachs as long as the results still appear natural. In this blog, Dr. Khalil provides his honest feedback on just how natural patients can expect their results to look.


Tummy tuck focuses on removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen, but it is not as simple as just excising it and suturing the remaining skin back together. Dr. Khalil uses advanced techniques to artfully create an attractive and natural-looking draping wherein the skin rests against the ribs. Whereas men like a tighter, more muscular look, women find that some softness in the area looks more realistic.


Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that requires a long incision. Accordingly, patients should be aware that there is no way to avoid having a scar. While the scar is the biggest clue that plastic surgery has been performed, Dr. Khalil is careful to place his incision close to the pubic area so that even underwear and bathing suits can keep the scar covered. That means that when you are out on the beach, it should not be obvious that you had plastic surgery.

Belly Button

The belly button can be one of the biggest giveaways of cosmetic enhancement in the hands of a less skilled plastic surgeon. This happens because when the remaining skin is pulled tight, the belly button will move to a non-natural location on the abdomen. Dr. Khalil is always careful to adjust the size and location of the navel so that it is proportional and attractive on the new size of the tummy.  

For the Best Results, Choose an Elite Surgeon

If you want a firm, appealing tummy that looks as realistic as possible, avoid hunting for a bargain surgeon. Great results are achieved by great surgeons. Always check the experience of the plastic surgeon, the before-and-after photos, and previous patient reviews so you know you can trust the quality of the work.

Dr. Khalil is an elite Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who prides himself on achieving natural-looking results that his patients are thrilled with. To find out why people around the country come to him for tummy tuck, please schedule a consultation by calling 310-385-8601 today.