A tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure that tightens and slims the belly. The abdominal wall muscles and fascia are tightened by removing extra skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. Tummy tucking is a treatment for flattening the stomach by removing extra fat and skin and tightening the abdominal wall muscles. Abdominal wall plasty is another name for this surgical treatment. Abdominoplasty can be a "mini" or a "complicated" treatment, depending on how much skin and fat is removed. Abdominoplasty is a serious surgery that takes weeks to recover from. Making an incision from the hip to the hip is one technique.