Also known as a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty is an operation designed to reshape the abdomen. Often, through weight gain and loss, pregnancy, and aging, the skin stretches beyond its elastic limit or loses its ability to return to an optimal shape. Muscles also get pulled apart but never go back to their original position. An abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat while the underlying muscles are tightened. The actual placement of incisions and design of the abdominal incision varies depending on the amount of excess of the skin and the underlying tissues, the condition of the overlying skin, and prior scars.
For women whose sagging skin is located in the lower abdomen (often due to pregnancy), the mini-abdominoplasty is an option. However, it’s important to note that during the mini version of this procedure, the muscles are not addressed nor is it as extensive as a standard abdominoplasty due to a smaller incision. The incision scar from a mini-abdominoplasty is easily concealable under a two-piece bathing suit. This procedure offers a more rapid recovery time, is done on an outpatient basis, and is often performed under local anesthesia.