Before going under the knife, try getting toned the old-fashioned waywith diet and exercise. “The closer a patient is to her goal appearance,” Moelleken explains, “the less invasive the surgery to get her there has to be.” (And, hey, if you end up reducing ab flab through diet and exercise, congratulations; youve just saved yourself $5,000 to $10,000.)
The latest tuck technique is the hybrid. This part-tummy-tuck-part-liposuction procedure is done through a small cesarean-section-sized incision; consider this option if youre slim and notice a lower-abdominal bulge and a separation of your stomach muscles, especially when you do a sit-up, Moelleken says.
Recovery time for any tummy tuck is relatively short: After two weeks, you can walk long distances; past six, you can work out again. (Yes, you still have to work out.)