A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, corrects a protruding abdomen resulting from weight gain, pregnancy, or weakened muscles. During this procedure, loose skin and extra fat are removed from the abdomen, and the stomach muscles are tightened. The result is a dramatically flattened abdomen with an incision that is hidden in the bikini line. A tummy tuck is often combined with liposuction of the waist, abdomen, and back to produce an even more dramatic improvement in contour.
Performed under general anesthesia, this procedure takes approximately two to four hours. Recovery time ranges from two to four weeks. With a balanced diet and regular exercise, the results are long lasting.