A bulging tummy, whether due to excessive weight gain, pregnancy, aging, or weakened abdominal muscles, is a problem for many individuals. Unfortunately, this condition usually fails to respond to even strict diet and vigorous exercise programs. Once the skin and underlying muscles have been overstretched far beyond their capacity to return to the way they once looked or functioned, only surgery can help. Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a “tummy tuck,” is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. This surgery can improve the contours of the waistline by flattening and narrowing the abdomen.
What Do You Desire?
A Toned and Firm Abdominal Core
It is one thing for the abdominal muscles to be weak because you haven’t done enough crunches or sit-ups. It is another issue entirely for the abdominal muscles to be so weakened by pregnancy and/or weight gain that the abdominal wall has separated. This condition is called “diastasis recti” and cannot be corrected with exercise. Individuals with separated abdominal muscles may continue to look pregnant years after childbirth—or look pregnant when they have never had children! The only proven solution is a tummy tuck, which surgically tightens and sutures the stomach wall back together so that the core muscles can engage to produce a firm and toned abdomen.
Youthful and Tight Abdominal Skin
Skin is healthiest in young individuals. Adults often envy the soft skin of their babies and children, particularly as their own skin becomes more wrinkled and crepey with age. The skin of the abdomen is not immune to this and can lose its elasticity due to both aging and overstretching, which is what occurs during pregnancy and weight gain. Once the skin is stretched beyond its normal means, it becomes streaked with jagged stretch marks. It will not contract back to its formerly tight state but will sag loosely downward. Abdominoplasty can trim away loose, stretch-marked abdominal skin to reveal a flatter and more youthful abdomen.
A Flatter Tummy Without Fat Bulges
The abdomen is one of the body’s primary fat deposits, especially as we age. After pregnancy or weight loss, persistent fat on the abdomen is not easily shed. Even those who maintain a healthy diet and active lifestyle can still struggle to combat stubborn abdominal fat left by pregnancy or aging. Abdominal fat may appear as one primary bulge or as several bulges or rolls, forming a “muffin top” or puckering above the bikini line. A tummy tuck will often include liposuction, which is a surgical technique that suctions excess fat from the body through a small tube. This process eliminates fat rolls and bulges to make the abdomen flatter and firmer.
Self-perception is critical to personal well-being. When you are unhappy with an aspect of your appearance, it can cloud your opinion of yourself. Changing even a relatively small part of your body to be more in line with your self-image can have a significant impact on your life. Imagine the empowering experience of being able to wear a bikini or low-cut jeans without feeling embarrassed. By removing the damaged skin, tightening the abdominal muscles, and getting rid of the tummy rolls, it is possible to get back that flat, youthful tummy. The results of tummy tuck surgery have been known to radically boost self-confidence and improve self-image.