Sometimes getting a trim and toned stomach isn’t as simple as diet and exercise. For many individuals, a flat stomach may be hidden by excess skin and fat that just will not respond to all of their hard work. Unfortunately for these people, diet and exercise is not effective, because the problem goes much deeper than trying to lose weight.
So what gives?
Pregnancy, childbirth, and even just the aging process can wreak havoc on the abdominal muscles, causing damage that forces the muscles to protrude out. In these cases, the stomach might appear to have a pooch from fat, but it’s actually exacerbated by damaged abdominal muscles. In order to get that flat stomach back, these individuals will need to repair their abdominal muscles; otherwise, no amount of diet and exercise will help get rid of that pooch.
That’s where the tummy tuck procedure comes in. This cosmetic surgery – also known as an abdominoplasty – is designed to repair the damaged abdominal muscles so the patient can enjoy the appearance of a flatter stomach. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if:
- You’re a healthy, non-smoking individual. If you do use nicotine, you’ll need to quit at least two weeks before your surgery.
- You have a protruding stomach pooch that just will not respond to diet and exercise.
- If you’ve been pregnant and/or had a child, you should make sure that you don’t plan on getting pregnant within the next two to three years.
- You are able to schedule care at home, as you will not be able to lift anything off of the floor or bend over for at least two weeks after your surgery.
- You have realistic expectations for the outcome of your surgery.