Abdominoplasty, or "tummy tuck" as it is commonly known, is a procedure that minimizes the abdominal area. With this procedure, the surgeon makes a long incision from one side of the hipbone to the other. Excess fat and skin are surgically removed from the middle and lower abdomen, and the muscles of the abdomen wall are tightened. A less complex procedure is called a "mini tummy tuck," or a partial abdominoplasty. This procedure is ideal for individuals who have fat deposits limited to the area below the navel.
Who are candidates for tummy tuck?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in good physical condition, but are bothered by large fat deposits or loose abdominal skin that does not respond to diet or exercise. People who intend to lose weight, and women who plan future pregnancies, should postpone the surgery.