Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “tummy tuck,” removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdominal wall and tightens the abdominal wall. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen, an unsightly navel, and can provide waistline definition. The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit in the lower abdomen or 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, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.
Patients that have minimal excess skin or only lower abdominal wall tone that is decreased may be candidates for a mini-tuck. Most patients are able to return to work with limited activities within two weeks after surgery.