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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

The removal of excess fat, loose skin and tightening of muscles in the abdominal area through plastic surgery is called a tummy tuck. While the procedure usually involves the area of the lower abdomen, it can extend around the sides to the back and from the rib cage down. It is not a substitute for weight loss, but rather a means to tighten up the skin and reshape the contours of the body after one has lost weight or has stabilized after other body changes, such as pregnancies, prior surgeries, weight fluctuations or inherited characteristics. The goal is to flatten the abdomen and improve weakened muscles.

As all individuals are different, the procedure will need to be customized to your particular body based on your history and the extent of the area involved. An incision is made in the lower abdominal region, between the pubic area and the navel, to remove fat deposits, excess skin and realign muscles.


  • If you plan to have more pregnancies or you think you may have major fluctuations in your weight, a tummy tuck should be postponed.
  • Patients with a positive outlook, in general good health, non smokers, and  moderately fit can expect an optimal outcome.

View a short animated video describing the abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedure.

Contact Us

OMC's plastic surgery department can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except on holidays), at:

tel: 507.529.6740 

fax: 507.529.6741

Mailing address:

Olmsted Medical Center
Attn: Plastic Surgery 
1650 Fourth Street SE 
Rochester, MN 55904

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