Having a well-toned, flat abdomen is something many people strive for through exercise and nutritional management. However, quite often these practices alone can not achieve the results we are looking for. Even people with normal body weight and even body proportions can develop a protruding abdomen that is loose and drooping.
The most common causes of this are:
• Significant weight changes
• Prior surgery
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure where excess fat and skin are removed. In many cases, this procedure restores the weakened or separated muscles creating an abdonimal contour that is more firm and smooth.
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for me?
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise regimen. Even though the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the end results can be greatly affected by significant changes in your weight.
Anyone who is planning substantial weight loss, or women considering future child-bearing may be directed to postpone a tummy-tuck until these weight changes have been completed. Please be aware that a tummy tuck does not correct stretch marks. However, the visibility of stretch marks may be removed or slightly reduced if they are located on the area of excess skin that will be extracted. This is true more specifically for the treated areas that fall below the belly button.
Tummy tuck surgery is a highly individualized procedure that should only be performed if you are choosing it for yourself, not to meet someone else's expectations or desires or to fit into any type of ideal image. Good candidates for abdonimoplasty are those who:
• Are physically healthy and at a stable weight
• Have realistic expectations of the outcome
• Are non-smokers
• Are afflicted by the feeling that their tummy is too large