When it comes to plastic surgery, there is no question that the better your skin tone, the better your results. This is no different when it comes to an hourglass figure, particularly with a tummy tuck. Patients have a misconception that having a tummy tuck will result in a pre-baby tummy. Although there is some truth to this, the tummy tuck has its limitations. Regardless of your skin tone, having a tummy tuck will not bring back the tightness of your belly prior to weight gain or pregnancy. Two key factors are to be considered in determining the tightness of the belly after surgery. The skin tone determines how much the skin can be stretched, and excess skin is essentially more skin than you should have in any given anatomical area. For example, you have a relatively good skin tone with excess skin. If you have this type of anatomy, your belly will be significantly tighter after the surgery. If you have this type of anatomy, your belly will be significantly tighter after the surgery. If you have poor skin tone and excess skin, your belly will be flatter and have a nicer shape, but your skin will become significantly stretched. Patients must understand that a tummy tuck cannot undo internal damage to the skin. A surgeon can only cut the excess skin at best. Patients should not compare themselves to others or strive for the ideal standard, as skin tones vary according to the individual. Your surgeon must explain the difference between skin tone and excess skin and what can you realistically expect from the procedure. It is important for you to understand all the factors involved because ultimately, the results of your tummy tuck will be related to the anatomy of your body.