Abdominoplasty, better known as a tummy tuck, is a procedure at Spectrum Plastic Surgery that removes excess tissue from the abdomen while strengthening the ab muscles. Both men and women with lax skin on the abdominal area may benefit from a tummy tuck. The result is a taut, flat abdomen. There are many reasons a person may have loose skin on the abdomen and unwanted, uneven fatty deposits. For example, a post-partum woman is prone to having excess skin on the stomach which is why tummy tucks are almost always part of the customizable “mommy makeover.” Someone who used to be obese or overweight and lost a large amount of weight quickly is also likely to have excess skin on the stomach, and a tummy tuck is a popular procedure for those who underwent gastric bypass surgery or any other type of weight-loss surgery.
To get a flat abdomen, diet and exercise is often the prescribed approach but only a tummy tuck can address loose skin. No amount of healthy eating or exercise can re-shape skin, and it’s well-established that “spot reducing” through diet and exercise is not possible. Abdominoplasty can be a solution for many people who are healthy but struggle with sagging skin on the abdomen. An ideal candidate is not pregnant and has no plans to become pregnant in the near future. Women should bear in mind that pregnancy changes the skin and muscles of the stomach, and sometimes women choose to wait until they have finished having biological children to opt for a tummy tuck. Smokers must also quit before undergoing any cosmetic procedure including a tummy tuck.