What is a Tummy Tuck?

Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight by doing sit-ups or crunches knows that the abdomen is one of the toughest parts of the human body in which to reduce unwanted fat.

This is the area where most humans store their extra pounds despite all serious efforts to address diet and exercise. Women in post-pregnancy in particular have a hard time reeling in muscles that have been stretched beyond their normal limits.

The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, provides an effective method for toning and firming the area around the abs. The procedure does double-duty in terms of removing excess skin and fat from the area as well as tightening the stomach muscles.

Tummy tucks are not for everyone, and for this reason Naples, Florida, plastic surgeon Dr. Manuel Peña consults with prospective patients in-depth before determining whether a tummy tuck is the best solution for their goals. In order to prepare for a tummy tuck procedure, you’ll want to be within your ideal weight range (if abdominal fat is more of an issue than extra skin and loose muscles, liposuction may be more in line with what you need).

You might be a good tummy tuck candidate if you are physically healthy, lead an active life, are within 25 pounds of your ideal weight, don’t smoke and possess emotional health that allows you to have a positive outlook and realistic expectations for your tummy tuck.

Recovery from the procedure could take a few weeks to a few months, depending on a variety of factors. A tummy tuck can give you flatter abs and a smooth stomach, and while these desirable results of a tummy tuck can be sustained it also takes a genuine commitment on your part to commit to a healthy diet and regular exercise to maintain your new shape.

If you would like to learn more about tummy tucks, please contact Naples, Florida, plastic surgeon Dr. Manuel Peña to schedule a consultation.