There are many people who, because of weight gain and weight loss or pregnancy, develop an excess amount of fat tissue and loose skin of the abdomen. For these people, an abdominoplasty will restore the appearance of their abdomen to a more aesthetically pleasing look.
An abdominoplasty is commonly called a "tummy tuck." It is an operation designed primarily to remove excess skin and fat. It also tightens the muscles of the abdomen to give it a flatter and more toned appearance.
There are two main types of abdominoplasties. One is called the "Full Tummy Tuck" and the other is called a "Mini Tummy Tuck." They differ in how much loose skin is removed. In patients who have a minimal amount of loose skin, a "Mini" tummy tuck will usually give a good result. In this procedure, only skin below the level of the belly button (umbilicus) is removed. In a "Full" tummy tuck, all of the skin at the level of the belly button and below is removed. Other than this difference, the two procedures are very much alike.
Both procedures are thoroughly reviewed in this website. You will learn everything you need to know from start to finish in this site.
This is an example of a patient who underwent a Full Tummy Tuck.