An abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is a commonly performed surgery that tightens weak or stretched muscles and removes excess skin, creating a flat and toned abdomen. An abdominoplasty is an operation in which the loose skin and fat of the abdominal wall, particularly around the navel, is removed by elevation of the skin and fat, pulling it inferiorly and excising the excess. It is particularly effective in removing stretch marks from the lover abdomen.
Frequently, particularly after childbirth or weight loss, patients present with a weakness of the abdominal wall muscles and fascia; in such cases, the defect between the anterior muscles is repaired before trimming the excess skin and fat.
The type of skin and age of the patient are factors in the overall result to be obtained. The operation should not be undertaken if the patient intends pregnancies in the foreseeable future. While it is not necessary for the patient to reach a certain weight before surgery can be performed, it is desirable that the patient’s weight be stable for at least six months prior to surgery and that the patient be at a weight he or she feels can be maintained after the procedure.