Also called a tummy tuck. A surgical procedure designed to minimize, tighten and firm the abdominal area. In abdominoplasty, the surgeon makes a long incision across the abdomen, from one hipbone to the other. Excess fat and skin are removed from the middle and lower abdomen, and the muscles of the abdomen wall are tightened.
Abdominoplasty is surgery to tighten abdominal muscles and skin, and is often performed after multiple pregnancies or weight loss. A "mini" tummy tuck addresses muscle weakness and skin laxity below the navel. The amount of muscle and skin weakening will determine whether a full or modified (mini) abdominoplasty is warranted.