Tummy tucks remain one of the most popular of all cosmetic procedures and can smooth and firm the stomach for men and women alike. But is it fact or urban legend that a tummy tuck can deliver the coveted six-pack abs?
What a Tummy Tuck Does
Before having a tummy tuck, it’s important to have realistic expectations and understand what the procedure can and can’t do. A tummy tuck involves the surgical removal of loose, stretched-out stomach skin and then tightens the underlying abdominal muscles to provide a smooth, firm foundation. The remaining skin is then pulled smooth and sutured to leave behind a flatter abdomen.
What It Takes to Score a Six-Pack
A tummy tuck tightens the stomach muscles but doesn’t strengthen them or make them more prominent. The development of six-pack abs requires the combination of strong, prominent abdominal muscles and very little fat between those muscles and the skin so that the abs are visible.
Even the strongest abdominal muscles won’t deliver a visible six-pack if they’re hidden underneath loose, saggy stomach skin. A tummy tuck can help bring you to your goal of washboard abs by smoothing and tightening the skin that covers your abdominal muscles. Additionally, a tummy tuck repairs any damage or separation in the abdomen wall to restore integrity to the muscle group and make it easier for you to tone your abs with core-strengthening exercises.
So while it’s true that a tummy tuck can dramatically improve the appearance of your stomach and help aid you in meeting your goal of having washboard abs, don’t expect to automatically come out of recovery with a six-pack.