Commonly known as a tummy tuck, an abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.
Tummy tucks can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.
While technically permanent, the surgical results of an abdominoplasty procedure can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies will probably be advised to postpone tummy tuck surgery.
It's equally important for patients to understand what tummy tucks cannot accomplish. Tummy tucks cannot act as a substitute for weight loss or exercise; they supplement these effective proven weight loss techniques. Also, tummy tuck operations cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised, generally the treated areas below the belly button.
Learn more about how tummy tucks are performed by watching a video.