Kate Gosselin had an abdominoplasty in 2006. The procedure, more commonly known as a "tummy tuck," is designed to make the stomach area thinner and more firm.
The reality television show "John and Kate Plus 8" chronicled Kate Gosselin's abdominoplasty surgery. The show followed Kate and her then-husband John as they raised eight children, including sextuplets. After an episode in which Kate showed her excess stomach skin to viewers, she was offered the procedure free of charge by plastic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Glassman. Gosselin has said through her own social media pages that the surgery was a positive experience and that she is glad she underwent the procedure. She has denied or avoided commenting about additional plastic surgery procedures she is rumored to have undergone.
During a complete abdominoplasty, the surgeon cuts the abdomen from hip to hip. He removes and rearranges skin, muscle and tissue to form a smoother surface and eliminate excess. A partial or mini abdominoplasty, performed below the navel, takes significantly less time than a complete abdominoplasty. Only a complete abdominoplasty involves moving the location of the belly button. Patients receive anesthesia for the duration of the procedure and often feel tenderness for weeks or months following the surgery.