Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is a surgical procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. This surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall.
The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to
women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients especially that which occurs after
weight loss can also be greatly improved.
A complete abdominoplasty usually takes three to four hours, depending on the extent of work required. Lower abdominoplasty (or “Mini Abdominoplasty”) to treat only the lower abdomen may take about two hours.