Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty is a procedure done to remove excess, sagging skin and fat of the lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles underneath to give a smoother, firmer appearance. It will remove some stretch marks, usually those below the umbilicus (bellybutton). It will be done under general anesthesia with an overnight stay and is sometimes combined with liposuction in certain areas of the body


  • You have loose or sagging abdominal skin or a fat roll after pregnancies, C-sections, prior surgery or weight fluctuations.
  • You have laxity and separation of the abdominal muscles (diastasis recti).
  • You are in good, general health, don't smoke, exercise and are committed to keeping your weight stable.
  • Your current weight is in an acceptable range and not excessively overweight.


  • The procedure is done under general anesthesia with an overnight stay.
  • The skin and fat of the lower abdomen is lifted off of the abdominal wall muscles.
  • The umbilicus (bellybutton) is preserved.
  • The abdominal muscles are tightened with permanent sutures.
  • The excess skin and fat is removed and the umbilicus is brought back out in its new proper location.
  • Drain tubes are left in place.


  • You will be unable to drive for about two weeks.
  • You will want to sleep in a recliner and walk in a hunched over position for two to three days.
  • The drains will be removed in five to seven days.
  • You will wear an abdominal binder for one to two weeks and a compressive garment afterwards, up to four to six weeks.
  • Gradual return to normal activity starts after one to two weeks.
  • Return to full activity can take six to eight weeks.

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