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Cosmetic breast and abdominal surgery. Image 24 of 28. Cosmetic surgeons operating on a middle-aged woman undergoing breast enlargement and abdominal sculpturing. They are now in the abdominoplasty stage after finishing the breasts. An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), is a procedure where excess fat and skin is removed from the lower abdomen and the muscles of the abdominal walls are tightened. Here, the surgeons have removed the excess skin and are swabbing the exposed tissue before stitching the two ends of the opening together. The surgeon at right is completing the breast surgery by stitching the nipples. For a series showing the entire surgical procedure, see images M590/498 - M590/525.
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