A flat tummy. It’s something many of us strive for, but sometimes no matter how much we exercise and how healthy our diets, a toned, flat stomach remains elusive. An option for those who want a flat and well-toned abdomen but just can’t seem to get there could be abdominoplasty – or a tummy tuck.
Causes of loose or sagging skin or a protruding abdomen can include:
- Significant fluctuations in weight
- Prior surgery
An abdominoplasty – or tummy tuck – removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
Now there are some things that a tummy tuck WON’T do. This includes:
- A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.
- Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies may be advised to postpone a tummy tuck.
- Also, a tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised, generally those treated areas below the belly button.
Click here to read more about Allure’s abdominoplasty procedure. Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Derron Spikes performs abdominoplasty and other plastic surgeries at Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton. As always, Allure’s goal is to help you be your best. We welcome your questions and look forward to consulting you on this journey.