Do I Need A Tummy Tuck For My Loose Skin?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have wanted to have a tummy tuck for the last five years. I have had two children who were both born at over nine pounds. I am 5’ 7” and weigh 135 lbs. I have worked out a lot and got my stomach as toned as it can be. However I still have hanging skin if i lay on my side or bend over. I have no confidence when I have no clothes on.

A: A tummy tuck is often the only solution for loose skin on one’s stomach. Diet and exercise help with loosing fat but can not get rid of loose skin or tighten it up. Stretch out or loose abdominal skin is an irreversible problem short of surgery. Even women who are relatively thin and work out regularly find out that they simply can’t make this skin go away. Such a realization often drives them to seek out tummy tuck surgery. Whether one needs a full or partial tummy tuck depends on how much loose skin exists.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana