A tummy tuck is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. A well-toned abdomen is a highly desired trait. Many strive to achieve this through exercise and weight control, but these methods sometimes fall short of our personal goals. Even people who maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle can still develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging due to aging, pregnancy, changes in weight, heredity or even prior procedures.
A tummy tuck can:
- Remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen
- Restore weak and separated muscles
- Create an abdomen that is firm and smooth
Candidates for this procedure are individuals who feel their tummies are too large, adults with a relatively stable body weight who do not have medical conditions that may interfere with healing, non-smokers and people committed to leading a healthy lifestyle.
The results of a tummy tuck should be relatively permanent, although previous abdominal surgery may limit the potential results. For women who have undergone cesarean sections, the existing scar can be incorporated into the new scar of the tummy tuck procedure.