The goal of a tummy tuck is to remove excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen as well as correct the space created between the abdominal muscles after pregnancy or weight gain. This procedure restores the abdominal contour and can be combined with liposuction of adjacent areas (flanks and upper abdomen) to improve the result.
Patients who are good candidates for this procedure
- Are at a stable and healthy weight
- Have no significant medical problems
- Non smokers
- Not on blood thinners
- Have “pinchable” skin/fat below the belly button
Patients who are poor candidates for this procedure
- Are obese (want or need to lose weight)
- Have serious medical problems
- Have intra-abdominal fat (non “pinchable” fat)
- On blood thinners
The scar is from hip to hip along the crease between the lower abdomen and pubic area as well as a scar around the belly button. Patients can go home the same day as the surgery with drains (tubes that collect the swelling in the skin).
Recovery from a tummy tuck generally consists of 48 hours of pain requiring pain medications, 2 weeks for the skin to heal and 4-6 weeks for the swelling to resolve.
Patients are encouraged to get out of bed a few times a day to prevent clotting in the legs. A compression garment is worn for 4-6 weeks to help with pain and swelling. Heavy lifting or straining is forbidden for 6 weeks.
More on Abdominoplasty:
- See before and after photos of abdominoplasty
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Instructions before surgery
- Patient testimonials