Also called “abdominoplasty,” tummy tuck is a well-known surgical procedure that results in a firmer and smoother abdominal profile by targeting the three aspects of deformities along the abdominal wall. These three components are (1) weakness and separation of muscles, (2) accumulation of fat tissue especially in the lower abdomen, and (3) wrinkly or loose skin with stretch marks as a result of drastic weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. In a tummy tuck surgical procedure, excess fat and skin are removed in order to achieve a tightened wall of abdominal muscles, and also to erase stretch marks found on the area between the pubis and belly button. Depending on the recommendations of Drs. Hall and Wrye, other operations may be performed along with a tummy tuck surgery such as liposuction of the thighs, hips, or flanks in order to achieve more dramatic results.
A less invasive approach that involves a smaller incision is called a mini tummy tuck, and is performed to patients who have a lesser amount of loose skin and stretch marks along the lower abdomen or on the area above the pubic bone. There will be tightening of abdominal muscles involved in this procedure, and it can also be performed in conjunction with liposuction if you want to achieve a more defined effect.