An Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedure is a surgical operation wherein excess skin and fat are removed in the abdomen. It also reinforces muscles in the abdomen to correct laxity or better known as the bulging of the stomach. The procedure may also aid in the removal of stretch marks, but up to a certain extent only.
There are two kinds:
- Complete abdominoplasty. The surgeon will cut your abdomen from hipbone to hipbone and then contour the skin, tissue, and muscle as needed. The surgery will involve moving your belly button, and you may need drainage tubes under your skin for a few days.
- Partial or mini abdominoplasty. Mini-abdominoplasties are often done on people whose fat deposits are located below the navel. During this procedure, the surgeon most likely will not move your belly button, and the procedure may only take up to two hours, depending on your case.