A protruding abdomen as a result of weak abdominal muscles, weight gain or pregnancy are conditions that cause distress to thousands of people. This condition does not respond well to diet or exercise because the skin and underlying muscles have been stretched.
Abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss. The objective of the surgery is to improve the contour of the body by flattening and narrowing the abdomen. The best candidate for the surgery is the individual who is of normal weight but who has weak abdominal muscles and excess skin and fat. Age, obesity and smoking habits are some of the factors the physician considers when evaluating a candidate for this procedure.