Abdominoplasty or the tummy tuck operation is a plastic surgical procedure designed to improve the waistline and lower abdomen. Like liposuction, abdominoplasty is not a short cut to weight loss and generally is most successful in those men and women without generalized obesity, but with a localized area of excessive abdominal skin and fat, and who exercise good nutritional and fitness habits.
This figure fault is usually compounded by lax abdominal muscles and sometimes even a defect in the abdominal wall. The term abdominoplasty refers to the surgical excision of the excessive skin and fat and the tightening of the abdominal musculature. For those patients with only a mild excess of skin, but localized fat without muscle laxity, a suction lipectomy (liposuction) may be indicated and is discussed under that heading.