Q. Who can benefit from abdominoplasty?
Both men and women who have excess skin and/or fat around their waistline can benefit. With men, this condition, regardless of its actual cause, is often called a "beer belly" and can be a turn-off as well as a health risk. Women, who have had children and as a result developed excess skin and loss of abdominal wall integrity, will benefit. The procedure is also used to reduce or eliminate unsightly stretch marks due to pregnancy, to correct umbilical hernias, and to strengthen the abdominal wall (to correct a condition caused by accident or illness). This helps them to look more attractive, especially when wearing slacks or swimwear that can't hide the bulges. Patients typically request a tummy tuck when diet and exercise programs fail, as is often the case.