Sit-ups not working? Consider a tummy tuck.


You work out constantly and do 1,000 sit-ups or crunches a day, but you still can't tighten your abs. The problem: abdominal tissues below your skin have been stretched out from pregnancy or previous obesity and the elasticity in those tissues is lost. The solution: tightening of those tissues to help flatten your tummy. Excess skin and fat can also be removed to create a smooth, flat contour to your abdomen.

A tummy tuck is usually an outpatient surgical procedure that involves about 1-2 weeks off of work and 4-6 weeks off of working out. During the procedure and depending on what issues you want to address, the excess skin and fat is trimmed off after your abdominal muscles have been tightened. The scars are kept low, and your belly button remains in the same place, but it is brought out through a new site. You may have drains placed to remove any excess fluid that accumulates after the procedure. These can be a nuisance, but they are usually removed 1-3 weeks after surgery. When all is said and done, the results are fantastic. You can expect a smooth contour to your abdomen as well as getting back the flat belly that you had before!

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Baltimore Plastic Surgeon