That space between your public bone and your belly button is notoriously tough to tone. It seems like no matter how in shape you are or how toned the rest of your body is, a tiny, stubborn pocket of fat finds its way to your belly. Tummy tuck surgery can be a great option for someone looking to re-contour their midsection,* but no plastic surgery procedure is a cure-all for your figure. Here’s everything you need to know about what a tummy tuck can and can’t do for you.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is exactly what it sounds like: a procedure that’s designed to smooth and firm your tummy.* There are different types of tummy tucks. A full tummy tuck tightens your abdominal muscles and repairs any separation along with removing excess skin, while a mini tummy tuck removes only a bit of excess fat and skin.* Very few people are true candidates for a mini tummy tuck, so check with your plastic surgeon to see which option is right for you.
A tummy tuck can address problem spots that diet and exercise can’t help.*
What Can a Tummy Tuck Do?
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can remove loose skin in your abdomen, restore the underlying foundation of your abdominal muscles after weight loss or pregnancy and remove stubborn fat deposits.* For more comprehensive body contouring, your plastic surgeon may recommend combining liposuction with your tummy tuck.*
A tummy tuck cannot, however, help you lose weight or prevent future weight gain. For this reason, the best candidates for a tummy tuck should be in good health overall and enjoy a stable weight* in the normal range for their height and age before considering plastic surgery.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.