Sometimes, a healthy diet and regular exercise routine just aren’t enough when it comes to achieving the slimmer, more toned midsection you desire. Despite counting calories and spending long hours in gym, many women and men find that the abdomen and surrounding areas remain resistant to change, which is often a discouraging reality. In several instances, the reason for this lack of toning and refinement has to do with the presence of excess skin and/or stretched abdominal musculature, both of which cannot be fully improved with diet and exercise alone. This is particularly common among women who have had one or more pregnancies, as well as individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight.
For men and women struggling to attain a firmer, more youthful-looking midsection, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) can often provide the following benefits:
- A reduction in excess abdominal skin and localized fat pockets (via liposuction)
- Tightening of loose and/or stretched abdominal muscles
- Smoothing and tightening of skin in the lower stomach and abdomen
- An improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe stretch marks
- A correction of hernias near the bellybutton
- A more toned and slender abdominal region and waistline
In the end, none of this is to say that tummy tuck surgery is a good alternative to diet and exercise – it should certainly not be viewed this way. However, when combined with a nutritious diet and routine exercise, abdominoplasty may be able to help you address the final concerns that are keeping you from achieving your desired figure.