Abdominoplasty, or a “tummy tuck,” is a procedure that flattens, reshapes, and enhances the look of the abdominal area by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall.
Full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
If a patient is bothered by stubborn fat and/or excess skin folds above and below the belly button, full abdominoplasty may be necessary. During this version of the tummy tuck, excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen and the abdominal wall muscles are tightened. The remaining skin is then repositioned to create a more toned look, and the belly button is relocated in a more youthful-looking location. The procedure begins with a horizontal or U-shaped incision just above the groin area, running from hip bone to hip bone. This approach provides the most drastic improvement in overall abdominal shape and tone. Tummy tucks are a popular procedure for those who have undergone dramatic bodily changes due to major weight loss or pregnancy.