A tummy tuck, sometimes referred to as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical operation to change the way the abdomen looks and feels.
Excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen during a stomach tuck. Sutures are typically used to tighten the fascia, the connective tissue in the belly. The remaining skin is then moved to give off a toned appearance.
If you have extra skin or fat around your belly button or a weak lower abdominal wall, you could decide to get a stomach tuck. Your self-image may also improve after a tummy tuck.
There are several reasons why you can have extra body fat, skin that isn’t very elastic, or weak connective tissue in your abdomen. A tummy tuck can tighten weak fascia and remove loose, extra skin and fat. Stretch marks and extra skin in the lower abdomen beneath the belly button may be removed during a tummy tuck as well. A belly tuck won’t remove stretch marks that are not in this region, either.
If you’ve already undergone a C-section, your plastic surgeon may be able to merge that scar with the one from the tummy tuck.
Additionally, a belly tuck can be combined with other body-contouring cosmetic surgeries, such breast augmentation. You might elect to get a tummy tuck after you’ve had liposuction to remove the fat from your abdomen because liposuction only eliminates the tissue just under the skin and the fat, not any extra skin.