Also called an abdominoplasty, is the reshaping of the abdomen by removing the excess lose skin that hangs from the abdominal area. Often, the abdominal muscles which become separated and weakened usually due to pregnancy are reinforced by sewing the two edges together with internal sutures. This creates a smoother more toned look to the abdominal area. The procedure is often performed in conjunction with liposuction in certain areas. Excessive weight gain and loss as well as hereditary factors lead to the loosening of skin around the abdomen. As such, maintaining a healthy weight should be a key factor in planning a tummy tuck. The procedure should be done if the patient is no longer considering any future pregnancies and has completed any substantial weight loss planned.