Everyone knows that sit-ups are supposed to give you a flat stomach, right? Wrong!  You could do hundreds of sit-ups a day and still never get thatFlat tummy six-pack you are hoping for.

Part of the reason for this is that sit-ups and crunches focus only on your abdominal muscles. Exercises that develop your body as a whole are much more effective.  Workouts that include squats, lunges, and deadlifts that completely work all of your large muscles and your core will get you to that burn fat much faster.

Your workout regimen is only part of the issue, though. For many people, especially women who are post-pregnancy, extra skin is part of the problem.  All of the exercising in the world can’t fix this.

If you have stubborn fat pockets and excess skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise, one option would be to have a tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty. This surgery tightens the muscles in your abdominal wall and removes extra fat and skin.  A tummy tuck is not the same as liposuction, but many people choose to include it as part of the package.

Tip for Making the Big Decision

An abdominoplasty is a major surgery, so before you decide if it is what you want, there are a few things to consider:

  • Are you in good health?

Surgery causes added stress to our bodies, so being well nourished and hydrated are a must.  You also must quit smoking at least 2 weeks before surgery to help in the healing process.

  • Are you planning to lose a lot of weight?

Weight loss after an abdominoplasty can compromise the results by loosening up the skin that was tightened due to the procedure, so be sure your weight has stabilized.

  • If you are female, are you done having children?

During surgery, your vertical ab muscles are tightened, and future pregnancies can separate those muscles.

  • Be prepared for some scarring.

A tummy tuck scar should be placed low enough on the abdomen to be hidden by underwear after healing, but as with any surgery, there will still be a visible scar. Be sure and discuss your concerns with your surgeon.

To prepare for having an abdominoplasty, the first step is to choose a surgeon and set up a consultation. You will want to discuss your goals and provide information such as medications and supplements you are taking.  Your doctor will also advise you on how to prepare your home for after surgery.

There are two types of tummy tucks:

With the first option, the surgeon will make a wide incision from hip to hip, more than likely move your belly button, and then contour the skin, muscle, and tissue as necessary.  The second option is done to help those whose problem area is located below the navel, so the incision is not as visible and the procedure doesn’t take as long.

Following your surgery, you will be instructed on how to care for the wound and how to best position yourself to ease the pain.  Your activities will be limited for at least six weeks, so you will have to plan on taking some time off from work.  Before you know it, though, you will be back to your normal routine and wearing those tight-fitting shirts again.