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Abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck, is a procedure in which the loose skin and tissue around the tummy area is resculpted to eliminate the excess skin and sagging that is often due to weight loss, pregnancy, aging, and other factors. The tummy tuck is the most common procedure for flattening the stomach. The procedure consists of eliminating excess fat, to tighten the underlying stomach muscles, and to tighten the skin, leaving patients with a trimmer, more attractive waist.
Complete abdominoplasty is a procedure in which the surgeon makes an incision from one hipbone to the next, detaches the naval, and then lifts the skin up over the entire abdominal area. This allows the surgeon to tighten the abdominal muscles from the bottom of the ribcage to the pelvis area, creating a trimmer waistline. The resulting scar is permanent, but can be hidden below the bikini line.
Partial abdominoplasty is a less extensive version of the abdominoplasty procedure, in which the surgeon makes a smaller incision near the pelvic line, and then lifts the skin over the lower abdominal area without detaching the naval.
*Individual results may vary