We all want a firm, flat, well-contoured and tight abs, preferably with the least amount of effort involved. Unfortunately, it is easier said than done. Getting a well-defined abdomen requires a lot of work that starts in the early years of adulthood and strictly maintained with the help of diets, physical exercises and strength training. For all that, something as simple and common as a pregnancy can change the appearance of the abdomen and all the discipline and hard work you put into keeping it firm, flat and toned can go down the drain. Diastasis recti is a condition that can result in the separation of the abdominal muscles due to the overstretching that occurs during pregnancy. The condition can only be corrected with the help of surgery, and no amount of physical exercises will improve it or restore the fit and toned aspect of your pre-pregnancy tummy. People who did not pay so much attention in keeping a toned abdomen in youth and who accumulated a significant amount of surplus of fat and saggy skin around their abdomen over the years should not worry, as there are solutions available. Where best efforts fail, plastic surgery can fill, specifically the tummy tuck procedure. The tummy tuck is the only procedure that can help you achieve the desired, long lasting results you want. When is the tummy tuck performed? The tummy tuck is a surgical intervention that involves the removal of excess skin and fat on the inferior part of the abdomen. The sagging skin is eliminated and at the same time, weakened or separated muscles in the abdominal wall can be tightened to create a tighter, flatter and firmer abdomen. The tummy tuck procedure is recommended for both men and women, but it especially targets new mothers and women who have had multiple pregnancies that left them with loose abdominal muscles (diastasis recti). Before anything else, the patient must clearly understand that a tummy tuck is a surgical intervention designed to recontour and resculpt the abdominal area and it is definitely not a procedure that will result in massive weight loss. The beneficial results are indeed long term, but the patient needs to make the necessary lifestyle changes, follow a balanced and healthy diet and regular exercise regimen. The impact of social media and media on a person’s decision to undergo tummy tuck in order to get those enviable tight abs and shapely silhouette cannot be underrated. These days, social media especially, has considerable impact on people’s lives, their self-image and popularity, what with millions of people, not just celebrities, using Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat to share and flaunt selfies of gorgeous bodies, faces and OOTDs. It creates a need and an ideal so it is not that big a leap for the desire to translate to action for women and men who want a trimmer and tighter body that no amount of diet and exercise can deliver. It bears repeating that the loose abdominal muscles cannot be corrected with just diet and exercise. Once diastasis recti occur, the only effective and long-term solution to repair and tighten is plastic surgery. More about the tummy tuck The abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure requested by many people who want to have a flat and pleasingly tight abdominal area. It is highly recommended for mothers with loose abdominal muscles who want to get their pre-pregnancy body back. To ensure best and optimal results, there are general rules that the patient must strictly follow. Smokers must quit smoking for at least a few weeks before and after surgery as it can impair the healing process. The same is true with drinking alcohol. That is strongly discouraged. If the patient is on medications like anti-coagulant medicines, the surgeon may discontinue for a few weeks to preclude bleeding-related complications during and after surgery. Strict hygiene measures will be observed like washing with antibacterial soap to prevent infection. The patient cannot eat or drink at least 6 to 8 hours prior surgery. The tummy tuck procedure is usually performed under general anesthetic and it can last from 2 to 4 hours. Depending on the complexity of the case and barring any complications, the patient will be released from the medical facility the day following the surgery or within two or three days after surgery. The intervention entails the restoration of the muscular tension in the abdominal wall, remodeling and suturing the abdominal fascia, and the aesthetic repositioning of the navel. In some cases, liposuction will also be combined with the tummy tuck to soften the transition fat area and eliminate localized fat deposits on the flanks. When the two procedures are combined, superior results are achieved in a vast majority of cases. The plastic surgeon will require you to get enough rest and avoid any strenuous activities for the first few days after the procedure. You can gradually resume normal activities as you heal. You will need to wear compression girdle for one to two months to ensure optimal results. It must be stressed that a tummy tuck intervention can guarantee your desired result provided you strictly follow pre and postoperative instructions of your plastic surgeon. After the initial consultation and thorough physical assessment, the plastic surgeon can recommend the procedure and operating technique best suited for you. Conclusion Who wouldn’t want to have flat, tight and firm abs? The desire to have a flat abdomen is very appealing for both men and women. We all want to have the famous and most coveted six- pack that very few of us can get, and only after clocking countless hours in the gym. Of course, physical exercise is a great method to tone your muscles, but, in some cases, this is just not possible. There are people who have tried all sorts of diets and exercise programs with no visible improvements in their abdomen. Plastic surgery is the most effective intervention that provides a quicker and more long lasting solution that will not only tighten the weakened muscles in the abdominal wall but also deliver a tighter, flatter and firmer tummy as well as a tinier and shapelier waist. The tummy tuck intervention involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the inferior and middle region of the abdomen. The procedure is highly recommended for women who have had multiple pregnancies that caused the diastasis recti.