Abdominoplasty; When Diet and Exercise No Longer Work

By: DuPage Medical Group Plastic Surgery
Topics: General


Many people come into our office and are confused about their loose skin and its ability to retighten with diet and exercise. A common complaint we hear is "I work out with a trainer, eat right and still can't get my stomach to look the way it used to." 

A person’s skin has the ability to stretch with pregnancy and weight gain, but it doesn't always have the ability to retract to its former state. The underlying abdominal muscle wall can also stretch causing separation of the muscles, which results in the abdomen protruding outward. Personal trainers are great for getting you in shape, but they are not medical professionals and are often not aware of some of your body’s physical limitations.

This can be frustrating, and the situation commonly concludes with a loss of interest in a failed exercise and diet plan. The truth is, it hasn't failed, but often can only take you so far in achieving your goals. Sometimes you need to take a step in a different direction to get the results you desire.

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, removes excess fat and skin and restores weakened or separated muscles. This creates an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer, enhancing your body image and confidence. A tummy tuck differs from liposuction as it removes both the excess skin AND underlying fatty tissue whereas liposuction only removes the underlying fatty tissue and requires good skin tone for the best results.

If you feel your diet and exercise plans are not achieving the results you want, abdominoplasty might be right for you. To schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons call 630-348-3000 and see what options would be best for you.