Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that reshapes and firms the abdomen.
Floating Abdominoplasty (aka FAB Technique) is sometimes called an extended mini abdominoplasty. It allows for tightening and shaping through a smaller incision that is placed around the belly button. Through this smaller incision, excess skin is removed and the belly button is temporarily detached, floating above the muscles during this process. The muscles are tightened and reshaped from sternum to pubic area. The skin is then tightened and the belly button is reattached, or moved down one or two cm if desired. Liposuction may also be performed to achieve desirable results.
Although tummy tucks are considered safe procedures, as with any other type of surgery, complications may arise. The majority of the risks can be avoided if the patients follow the instructions they receive from their cosmetic surgeon.
Body contouring is a general term that refers to various plastic surgeries performed to different parts of the body with the aim of improving the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat. It is a common procedure performed for people who have undergone major weight loss. It may be performed in both men and women.
The cost of a "tummy tuck" varies from country to country and even from city to city. As with most cosmetic surgery operations, the cost depends on a variety of factors like the age of the patient, their weight and the state of their health. Depending on the individuals, there may also be other costs involved after the operation. In the United States a tummy tuck can cost from $4,000 to as much as $20,000.