Men and women alike can benefit from abdominoplasty. Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is used to flatten and shape the abdomen and wait by removing excess fat and skin, as well as tightening the abdominal muscles. The best candidates for abdominoplasty are in good shape but struggle with pockets of fat or loose skin that have not responded well to diet and exercise. The procedure is also often useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy. The tummy tuck procedure takes approximately two to five hours and can be performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia with a sedative. There are a couple of slightly different techniques, which depend solely on the amount of work to be done, and the desired goals. Recovery time can range from two weeks to a few months. With a consistent, balanced diet and exercise regime, the results are long lasting. Abdominoplasty will likely leave a permanent scar stretching between the hips though underwear or a bikini should easily conceal it.