Plastic Surgery Library

Abdominoplasty & Tummy tuck plastic surgery


Abdominoplasty is more commonly known as tummy tuck. It’s a cosmetic surgery procedure which is used to make the abdomen more firm. The excess skin and fat are removed from the lower and middle abdomen under this procedure. These kinds of surgeries are opted by people after pregnancy or people who have had a major weight loss. In this process the loose hanging abdominal skin is removed and the inner abdominal wall muscles are tightened. The complete abdominoplasty involves a couple of steps which the patients must be aware of. In general the abdominoplasty is of two types 1) Complete abdominoplasty, 2) Partial or mini abdominoplasty. The abdominoplasty should not be confused with liposuction under any circumstance, as the later involves the removal of excess fat from the body where as abdominoplasty is about tightening the skin and weak muscles of the abdomen wall. Abdominoplasty is a major surgery and so it is always advisable to obtain all the relevant information about the surgery before getting it done. In abdominoplasty an incision is made from hip to hip, the naval also has to be freed from the surrounding skin. The skin is then detached from the abdominal wall to reveal the muscles which are to be tightened. The covering skin and fat are also tightened by removing the excess and closing the defect. The belly button is attached to a new opening, because it's highly required to free the navel from surrounding tissue. Partial abdominoplasty is performed on people who do not have a massive fat accumulation and whose fat accumulation is under the navel and does not need bigger incisions.