« Back to Blog

Get Abs of Steel With a Tummy Tuck

3 min read

Flab around the middle can be frustratingly difficult to get rid of. Workouts and diet definitely help, but a truly flat and defined tummy can often seem unattainable no matter how hard we work at it.

For people struggling to get the washboard abs they’ve always wanted, a tummy tuck can be the best way to create that sculpted look.

It’s no substitute for weight loss, but the surgery is great at flattening and defining abdominal muscles in a more extensive way.

A before and after image of a tummy tuck patient showing significant belly improvement.

What Causes Belly Fat?

The abdomen area is made up of firm muscles surrounded by softer tissue.

Fat can accumulate there for many reasons, including:

  • Unhealthy diet and lifestyle
  • Extreme stress
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Genetics

Tummy Tuck Procedure Steps

Step 1: Anesthesia

Tummy tuck surgery can take several hours for Dr. Guy to complete. She starts by administering anesthesia to keep patients comfortable. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis.

Step 2: Incisions

Dr. Guy will create an incision across the hipbones, just below the pubic area, with a second incision around the belly button. She uses shorter incisions when performing a mini-tummy tuck.

Step 3: Lift and Tighten

Dr. Guy lifts up the skin and separates it from the abdominal muscles, lifting it all the way to the ribs to create a large flap of skin. With a mini-tummy tuck, the skin is only lifted up until the navel.

The abdominal muscles are pulled together, stitched, and tightened for a flatter overall tummy.

Step 4: Stitch and Close

After tightening, Dr. Guy stretches the skin flap down, removing any extra skin left over. She crafts a new belly button and stitches it down before stitching together all incisions. A drain may be needed to remove excess fluid from incision sites.

Tummy tuck surgery can sometimes be combined with liposuction to remove extra fat and get tighter outlines. Dr. Guy will use liposuction along the upper side of the abdomen, the sides, and right above the pubic area for the best overall contours.

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

A before and after image of a woman who has undergone tummy tuck surgery to correct skin and tissue laxity.

Sculpts and Defines

There’s no beating the definition that comes from a successful tummy tuck.

Tummy tuck surgery gives your abdominal muscles a chance to shine.

By tightening muscles and stretching skin, the muscles become more prominent, creating a truly sculpted appearance.

Restores Muscle Firmness

Some people struggle with a loss of firmness in their abdominal muscles, either through age or other factors. Pregnancy, in particular, can considerably weaken abdominal muscles, causing them to widen or even separate.

Tummy tuck surgery helps tighten muscles, restoring firmness and smoothness.

Slimmer, Fitter Profile

Remember “sucking in” your stomach to look thinner for photos? A flatter tummy instantly creates a slimmer profile, so having a tummy tuck can considerably help trim down your physique.

Boosts Confidence and Self-Image

Flab along the tummy can drastically affect your self-esteem. Even otherwise fit people can struggle with a “muffin top” from stubborn pockets of fat that won’t go away.

With a tummy tuck, the flat tummy of your dreams becomes a reality. It will take several weeks to fully heal, but the final outcome is a permanently flatter, firmer belly that fits in beautifully with the rest of your body.

Want to Learn More About Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Contact us online or call our Melbourne, Florida, office at 321-727-1600 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Guy soon.