A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many strive for through diet and exercise, but sometimes, these methods alone aren’t enough.

The most common causes of a protruding abdomen and loose, sagging skin are:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior surgery
  • Weight fluctuations

Through tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, Dr. Cashio removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles. This creates an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

It is important to note that a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or a treatment for obesity, nor is it a substitute for diet and exercise. In addition, a tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed, depending on their location.

After a tummy tuck, the results can be greatly diminished if there are significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, those who are planning substantial weight loss or women considering future pregnancies should postpone a tummy tuck.