A tummy tuck is also called an abdominoplasty. This cosmetic surgery procedure will take away excess skin from around your waist, flanks and stomach. At the same time as addressing the loose or sagging skin muscles are also tightened similar to face lift surgery re positioning and tightening the structure.
There is also a procedure called umbilicoplasty that refashions the belly button or naval.
The end result leaves you looking more toned and sculpted in your abdominal region.
So why would you need a tummy tuck instead of liposuction?
Well, if you have loose, lax skin that may be a result of weight loss or ageing (age causes you to lose elasticity in your skin) or post pregnancies. However, if you plan to have more children then this would not be a suitable treatment until you have completed your family.
The incision or scar line will be hipbone to hipbone and will be hidden underneath your panty line. Sometimes a tummy tuck and liposuction are carried out at the same time if there is excess fat around the abdominal region. The abdominoplasty will address the underlying abdominal muscles which are tightened to give you a nice firm taught abdomen.
An abdominoplasty will require a good recovery period and activities will be limited so if you are considering this surgery then you should schedule and plan your tummy tuck to fit in with your family commitments and diary commitments.