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Abdominoplasty is a procedure carried out on the abdomen to improve the shape and get rid of redundant skin and fat. Abnormal abdominal shape can be caused by loose skin and fat alone, or by weakness of the underlying muscle and/or fascia (the fibrous layer that surrounds the muscles and adds strength to the abdominal wall). There are a number of possible causes of abnormal abdominal contour, such as surgical scars, weakness of the muscles from birth, weight fluctuations and pregnancy. Abdominal wall protrusion can also be caused by excessive intra-abdominal fat, which is not something that can be corrected by abdominoplasty. ...(more info available with login)