The Quick Facts
Length of Procedure: 2 to 4 hours
In or Outpatient Procedure: Usually outpatient
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Known commonly as the “tummy tuck,” abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen. The procedure also helps to flatten the abdomen by tightening the surrounding muscles.* If you are in relatively good shape but are concerned by fatty deposits or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise, this procedure can dramatically reduce a protruding abdomen.* Abdominoplasty can be particularly helpful to women with stretched abdominal areas due to previous pregnancies.* Older individuals whose skin has lost some of its elasticity and are slightly obese may also benefit from a tummy tuck.*
During the procedure, the skin and fatty deposits on the abdomen are removed. The weak, bulging abdominal muscles are tightened to help flatten and strengthen the abdomen.* The excess skin is redistributed to cover the entire abdomen, resulting in a tighter, flatter abdomen.* The surgery can produce a scar, although the scar will likely be located below the bikini or bathing suit line and may fade over time.
For additional information on Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for this procedure.
* Disclaimer: Individual results may vary and specific results are not guaranteed.