A tummy tuck is often used to tighten loose and sagging belly skin that is common after pregnancy and weight loss. This surgery removes extra fat and skin from the belly. It also tightens weak muscles around the belly button.
In a standard tummy tuck, extra skin is removed above and below the belly button. In a mini-tummy tuck (mini-abdominoplasty), extra skin is removed below the belly button.
Liposuction can also be added to a tummy tuck. This is where fat is suctioned out of the side or upper part of the belly.
An extended tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), also known as fleur-de-lis, removes extra skin and fat above and below the belly button. This is often used in patients who have had massive weight loss.