This is a condition, which develops after the skin forms a pendulous fold due to the weight of fat or excess loose skin. Often this happens after pregnancy, weight loss or simply too much fat. The skin gets stretched to form an overhanging fold of skin and fat in the lower part of the abdomen. The waistline increases, and it becomes difficult to wear clothes properly.
Pendulous tummy is often associated with a bulging tummy. You can have a bulging tummy due to excess fat, poor tone of the tummy muscles or a gap in the ventral muscles. The latter condition is called divarication of rectii or ventral hernia.
The centre of gravity shifts forwards and causes lower backache. It is difficult to exercise properly and the fold succumbs to rashes and other skin disorders.
What to do if you have a pendulous / bulging tummy?
The surgical procedure to correct a pendulous bulging tummy is called Abodminoplasty or tummy tuck. In this procedure, the excess loose skin and fat is removed simultaneously. The abdominal muscles are also tightened, stitched and brought back in to the midline. Correction of ventral hernia / weakness, leads to a better posture and reduces backache.
If liposuction is planned for any areas at the time of an abdominoplasty, it is called lipoabdominoplasty. Liposuction is done to improve the figure and reduce excess fat.