In the last decade, certain cosmetic procedures such as tummy tucks, or abdominoplasty, have become vastly more popular. A major reason is society's acceptance of the tummy tuck, especially in women who have finished having children.
Tummy tucks can make a huge difference in a person's appearance and self-image. You can imagine the effect of being able to see one's belt again after many years, as well as being able to fit in new, slimmer clothes. As part of the procedure, most of the redundant fat around the waist is removed. The abdominal "six-pack" muscles (the rectus abdominis muscles), which may have been long-hidden by excess fatty tissue, are tightened as well. In some cases, a modest amount of liposuctioning to the sides of the hips (aka the flanks) is performed as well. This helps to smooth the curves of the tissues in the area, and can add to the slimming effect of the tummy tuck.
But with all of these benefits, there are risks as well. Tummy tucks are associated with the highest number of complications of any cosmetic surgical procedure. These can include blood clots in the legs, though this is rare. Also, females who decide to have a child after the surgery can stretch out the muscle repair and render it ineffective. The procedure takes two to three hours and does require anesthesia and a visit to the operating room.