Although a firm, flat tummy is always desirable, it can often be very elusive despite all the sit-ups and dieting you do. This happens because very often the abdominal muscles stretch, due to pregnancy or weight loss.


  • You have excess fat around the midsection that does not seem to respond to diet and exercise
  • Your weight is normal, but your tummy protrudes, due to pregnancy or weight loss


  • Abdominoplasty: Also known as the tummy tuck, abdominoplasty involves surgically tightening loose or separated abdominal muscles – caused by pregnancy – and removing excess abdominal skin, which is usually a co-existing problem. An incision is made along the line of a typical C-section scar, extending laterally by a variable length according to amount of skin that needs removing. Many patients with this condition also have an umbilical hernia (a hernia of the belly button), which causes a bulge in the umbilicus. If there is a hernia present, it is repaired at the same time. The downtime from this procedure is roughly a three to four day stay in hospital.Occasionally, there may be a significant degree of abdominal skin laxity but without significant damage to the muscles. In this situation, the excess skin is removed without surgically repairing the muscles. This operation is completed as a day surgery procedure without any need for hospitalization.IMPORTANT NOTE: Women are advised not to have a tummy tuck until they are finished having children, as pregnancy and childbirth can cause the abdominal muscles to separate.


  • History taking and physical examination: Your doctor will discuss with you about your overall health, including any previous medical history as well as any complaints you have. He will carefully examine your skin, discuss with you the weak points and ask you about your desires and expectations, afterwards he or she will explain possible treatment options available for you.