Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty tightens the stomach muscles and skin, while reducing fat around the waistline. There are a variety of procedures available to narrow the waist or tighten the abdominal skin. This ranges from liposuction alone to a full abdominoplasty.
Liposuction of the abdomen and waistline can often improve the appearance of the stomach.
Mini tummy tucks are an option when there is a mild amount of skin laxity. A smaller incision is made and the belly button may not have to be repositioned.
A full abdomioplasty is generally necessary when there has been significant weight loss or if there is a fair amount of skin overhanging the waistline. This is performed by making an incision from hip-to-hip crossing below the bathing suit line and removing the skin below the belly button. The belly button needs to be repositioned back to its original location.