A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a combination body surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the midsection. In some cases, the procedure can also reattach abdominal muscles that have stretched and separated during pregnancy.

Though tummy tucks are often combined with liposuction techniques, this procedure is not intended to be used as a weight-loss option. Proper diet and exercise are still the preferred methods for weight loss. In fact, patients looking to have a tummy tuck should be close to or at their goal weight before undergoing the procedure.

For more details regarding the abdominoplasty procedure, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Elias Gikas to set up an informative tummy tuck consultation at our Chicago office.