It is often said that cosmetic surgery is not necessary and to a certain degree that is true. Having said that, it depends on what you mean by necessary. There are many operations that could be considered unnecessary in that they will have no effect on your life expectancies, such as hip replacements and cataract surgery. While they will not help you live any longer, they can have a dramatic effect on your quality of life, and tummy tuck very much falls into this category.
In fact, it is more effective than hip replacements and cataracts because it is usually performed for a younger age group and so they have more time to enjoy the benefits. The two reasons that most people ‘need’ a tummy tuck are following childbirth and weight loss because both these process have the same effect.
The skin is stretched during pregnancy or when you put on weight. Then the stretching force is removed by losing weight or delivering the baby. It is the redundant skin that is the problem and this creates an overhang that can be uncomfortable, unsightly and make it difficult to find clothes.
It is important to be stable and comfortable with your weight prior to a tummy tuck but weight loss in itself will not improve your situation, in fact it can make things worse by creating more redundant skin. Ultimately the skin needs to be tightened and this is most effectively done with a tummy tuck.