Tummy tuck is a common term for the surgical procedure, technically known as abdominoplasty, which corrects a protruding or loose, sagging abdomen. Excess fat, tissue material and skin is removed and the underlying musculature is tightened to flatten and contour the abdomen. For women with stretched abdominal areas due to pregnancy, older individuals whose skin has lost its elasticity, or those at their ideal weight but with stubborn abdominal fat deposits or loose skin, a tummy tuck can reduce or even eliminate a protruding abdomen. A tummy tuck should not be viewed as a substitute for weight loss and a good exercise program, but if you are close to your ideal weight and moderately fit, a tummy tuck can help you to attain a flatter, tighter abdomen.
Among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat from areas of the body that are unresponsive to typical weight-loss methods. It is meant to be body sculpting, and like a tummy tuck, is not to be considered a substitute for weight loss through diet and exercise. Liposuction is often used in conjunction with other cosmetic surgical procedures such as tummy tucks or in the neck area during a facelift to remove excess pockets of fat.