No amount of exercise or healthy eating seems to make a difference to that layer of loose flesh and skin around our middles. Once stretched, muscle and skin do not easily return to their original shape, especially as we get older and skin begins to lose its elasticity.
In most cases, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can offer a solution. During abdominoplasty excess fat and skin are removed and abdominal muscles are tightened, creating a tighter, flatter stomach. As an added benefit, stretch marks may be reduced, or even eliminated, as they are taken away with excess folds of skin.