Some people do dozens of crunches and abdominal exercises a day and still find it impossible to lose the excess fat and skin around their lower abdomen!

Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as “tummy tuck” surgery, is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightens muscles of the abdominal wall.

Abdominoplasty can give you the toned, taut, flat stomach that exercise cannot. Following a tummy tuck, the abdomen is firmer and flatter and the waist is smaller and more defined.

An abdominoplasty begins with an incision made just above the pubic hair line and can extend from hip to hip. The skin is then separated from the abdominal muscles, which are tightened, narrowing the waistline and flattening the abdomen. The excess skin and fat are removed and the incision is stitched closed. The entire procedure takes between two and three hours, depending how much work is needed and if liposuction is desired as well.

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are patients who are in good shape, but with loose abdominal skin. Women whose abdominal muscles and skin have been stretched out from multiple pregnancies, as well as people who have a loss of skin elasticity due to age or weight fluctuations, may benefit from this treatment.