With all the stress we put on our midsections-think pregnancy and weight gain and loss-it’s no wonder that, as we age, the shape and size of our stomachs change. When diet and exercise don’t provide the results that you long for, a surgical procedure like a tummy tuck may be your best option, granted that your doctor feels you will benefit.
But what are the factors contributing to a subpar stomach?
1. Stretched skin. The texture and quality of the skin change due to pregnancy, weight gain and loss, and age. Stretchmarks are common, which signal that the skin has been damaged to some degree, as is loose skin.
2. Weight change. Whether you are losing or gaining, fluctuating weight can cause your stomach to expand and inflate like a balloon.
3. Muscle separation. During pregnancy, the muscles of the abdominal wall expand and separate to some degree. For those women whose muscles don’t return back to a normal shape, a pooch in the lower stomach develops. Pregnancy is the most common reason for muscles that have separated.
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