A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is the removal of excess skin from the lower belly with tightening of the abdominal muscles. Many women find that after pregnancy their abdominal musculature has been disrupted and no amount of exercise will lead to a more youthful, flat abdomen.
Some women with a mild lower abdominal bulge are candidates for a mini-abdominoplasty, while others require more extensive surgery on their stomach muscles. The procedure takes between two and three hours, and most women can return to an active lifestyle after two weeks of recovery. Sometimes liposuction is used along with an abdominoplasty to achieve an optimum result.