For some patients, diet and exercise are not enough to change their waistline issues. Excess skin and fatty deposits can build up over time, due to a range of issues including inability to properly diet and exercise and loss of skin elasticity because of pregnancy. Excess amounts of skin can also accumulate after a sudden weight loss, which can be difficult, if not impossible, to remove with natural means.

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure used to removal excess skin or fatty deposits from the abdominal area, repositioning the abdomen muscles into a tighter formation during the process.

There are many benefits of a tummy tuck procedure including:

  • A renewed sense of self confidence: You don’t have to be stick thin to be happy. On the contrary to what many have come to believe, an abdominoplasty is not a replacement for diet and exercise, nor is it a fat melting procedure. A tummy tuck involves consultations and extensive research into a patient’s health history and desire to determine how much the overall body contour can be improved. Often, after a patient has this done, they feel a new sense of confidence in both their appearance and abilities in life.
  • Improved posture: A tummy tuck can help strengthen better posture. Poor posture can be caused by a range of issues. One not so commonly known cause is weakened abdominal muscles, which can lead to back problems, as well as excess weight gain, causing the body to shift into unnatural positioning. A tummy tuck tightens these muscles, relieving back pain and enhancing posture.
  • Reduced urinary incontinence: For some tummy tuck patients, the procedure can create a slight obstruction during the surgery, tightening the area and reducing overall leakage.

An abdominoplasty can last up to five hours, depending on the desired patient outcome and unique physical characteristics. To begin, an incision is generally made just above the pubic bone, horizontally across the lower abdomen and sometimes around the back. As the skin is stretched away from the muscle, excess skin is removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened to create a more contoured, firm stomach.

The incisions are then closed with stitches. Shortly after the surgery stitches will be removed. Plenty of rest and downtime is required, as the surgery can be taxing on the body. Normal activities can generally be resumed within two weeks.

Although some changes may be apparent right away, it may take up to a full year for the body to completely adapt to the new abdominal configuration.

With proper diet and exercise, the results of the surgery will be long lasting.