There are many ways you can get rid of excess weight. Two of these methods include exercising and eating a nutritious diet. There are some instances, however, where you are completely unable to get rid of unwanted fat, and this is particularly common for fat deposits in the stomach area. The solution for the stubborn fat in your stomach that will not go away is a tummy tuck.

What Is A Tummy Tuck?

It's a surgery performed to get rid of unwanted fat and skin found in the abdominal area. Also known as an abdominoplasty, this surgery is also done to restore your abdominal muscles if they have been weakened or if they are separated. The end result of this surgery is that you will have an abdomen that is not only smooth, but also firm.

Causes Of A Protruding Stomach

Most people assume that only people who are overweight end up with sagging midsections. This is however not true, since there are people who have body weight that is normal yet struggle with protruding tummies.

There are many reasons people may have a loose, sagging stomach, including the normal aging process and a significant loss of weight. You may find that other members of your family are also struggling with a loose stomach which means that it could be hereditary. In women, pregnancy can cause the stomach to stretch, making it difficult to bring it back to the normal size.

What The Surgery Entails

Your surgeon will administrator general anesthesia before the procedure begins. An incision will then be made across your abdomen in the area between your navel and your pubic hairline. The quantity of excess skin you have is what will guide your surgeon on how long the incision will be and its shape. The skin on your abdomen is lifted, and the doctor can then repair the muscles in your abdomen that have been weakened.

A circular cut is also made around the navel if there is excess skin that needs to be removed on the upper part of your abdomen. The skin is carefully cut away from the muscle and the muscles on the upper abdomen can then also be repaired by stitching them together. The skin on the upper part of your abdomen is dropped down, and any extra skin is trimmed off. The skin that remains is stitched together and an opening is made for the navel. The navel is then dropped to the surface through the opening and then stitched into its new position.

If you do not have a large quantity of excess skin to get rid of, then a mini-tummy tuck may be more appropriate for you. In this technique, the belly button does not change position.


Normally, dressings will be placed on the incisions, and you will have surgical drains placed under your skin for at least three days to get rid of excess fluid and blood. You may therefore be in hospital for about three days after the surgery. You will be able to resume normal activities after two weeks, although you are not allowed to lift heavy weights until after six weeks.