A tummy tuck — also known as abdominoplasty — is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the shape and appearance of the abdomen.
During a tummy tuck, excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen. Connective tissue in the abdomen (fascia) usually is tightened with sutures as well. The remaining skin is then repositioned to create a more toned look.
The primary areas addressed are loose skin, muscle separation or diastasis recti, and stubborn fat.
Two to five hours
Two to six weeks; no strenuous activity for eight weeks