An abdominoplasty is a procedure that flattens your abdomen by removing extra fat and skin and tightening muscles in your abdominal wall. This surgical procedure is also known as a tummy tuck.
Tummy tucks can be thought of as "mini" or more involved procedures depending on the amount of skin and fat. It's important to educate yourself, thoroughly analyze your own situation, and take your time arriving at a final decision. The procedure shouldn't be used as an alternative to weight loss.
A tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who are in good general health overall and are at a stable weight. It's best to be a non-smoker.
A tummy tuck shouldn't be confused with a Liposuction (the cosmetic surgery used to remove fat deposits), although your surgeon may choose to perform liposuction as part of a tummy tuck. Women who have muscles and skin stretched after several pregnancies may find the procedure useful to tighten those muscles and reduce that skin. A tummy tuck is also an alternative for people with a history of obesity and who've had significant weight loss, but still have excessive fat deposits or loose skin in the abdominal area.