Abdominoplasty is the medical term for a tummy tuck. This is a plastic surgery procedure used to remove not only excess fat from the abdomen, but also excess skin. When patients lose lots of weight they sometimes have extra sagging skin around the abdomen. In addition to removing fat and excess skin, a tummy tuck helps to flatten the stomach and tighten up the muscles. So, it is possible to get rid of a protruding stomach with a tummy tuck procedure and even stretch marks from pregnancy. Women who are seeking a tummy tuck should make sure that they are through with child-bearing before having the surgery. Though many patients are concerned about scars after surgery, the incisions can be strategically placed so scarring is hidden by panties and bathing suits.