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No matter how much some people diet and exercise, there always remains a bulge or sagging skin. The problem can result from pregnancy or from a yo-yo dieting habit. Whatever the cause, the tummy tuck can decrease the excess fat and skin and tighten the abdominal muscles.


The best candidate for a tummy tuck is one who is in relatively good shape but wants to get rid of that unsightly bulge that diet and exercise will not remove. If the patient is a woman, whose abdominal skin and muscles have stretched due to multiple pregnancies, the tummy tuck should yield particularly good results. A tummy tuck may not be possible if the patient has scarring from previous abdominal surgery.


A tummy tuck is major surgery. While it can dramatically change a person’s appearance and give her the desired flat stomach, it leaves a permanent scar that can extend from hip to hip.