A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the abdomen. During a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty – excess skin and fat is removed from the abdomen. Connective tissue in the abdomen (fascia) is usually tightened with sutures as well. The remaining skin is then repositioned to create a more toned look. A tummy tuck can be done to remove excess fat or skin around the area of the belly button or a weak lower abdominal wall. A patient may choose to have a tummy tuck to boost their body image.