Many people choose to have a tummy tuck operation because over time the skin on their tummy sags down and possibly also has a lot of stretchmarks.
Reasons for this could be a large weight loss or pregnancy.
In cases of rapid weight gain, the skin is stretched, and the lower layer of dermis is damaged, resulting in tissue thinning in certain areas.
The skin loses its elasticity as the tissue is damaged, and sags occur.
During the surgery the surgeon removes the excess skin, repairs the muscles and any hernias, as well as making you a new navel. This creates a corset effect and a flat stomach.
Usually after surgery you are up and walking within 24 hours and out of hospital after 2 days. Most people return to work within 2 weeks.
A tummy tuck can be performed no earlier than 6 months after childbirth.
Although this surgery has no effect on later pregnancies it is advisable to wait until you are planning no further children.