Clients come into our office detailing their struggles in achieving a flatter stomach. Many have tried everything to tone down and trim their abdominal section — from being selective with their diet to consistency in their planks, sit-ups, and abdominal crunches.
So why doesn’t that stubborn abdominal pooch respond to the supposedly tried-and-tested interventions mentioned above? The main reason has to do with the underlying abdominal muscles. Although you may be able to get rid of the fat accumulating underneath the skin layers (also known as subcutaneous fat), the weakened muscles underneath cannot necessarily conform to changes in body shape like when you lose massive amounts of weight or when you have a child.
Tummy tuck for weak abdominal muscles
A flatter and well-toned midsection is a result of strong abdominal muscles. Although core-strengthening exercises focusing on the abdominals can help you strengthen the muscles, they may not help that much if you have a moderate to severe case of slackened muscles. In that case, a tummy tuck by an experienced surgeon may be needed.
In a tummy tuck procedure, excess skin is removed and a series of sutures will be used to hold together the weakened abdominal muscles. The end result is a significant reduction in the appearance of abdominal pooch. If excess pockets of fat are also a concern, liposuction may be done in conjunction with a tummy tuck.
Planning for your tummy tuck
A tummy tuck may be a common surgical cosmetic procedure but a surgeon’s skills and experience are critically important in achieving natural-looking outcomes. During the initial consultation, Dr. Dunn will genuinely listen to your aesthetic goals and will be honest in his recommendations. Call us at 508.334.5990 or fill out this contact form today to schedule a visit.