Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a “tummy tuck” is a procedure that
minimizes the abdominal area. During the procedure, the surgeon
removes excess fat and skin. A less complex procedure is a partial
abdominoplasty, or “mini tummy tuck.” Partial abdominoplasty is ideal
for patients who have fat deposits limited to the area below the
Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are:
In good physical condition
Bothered by large fat
deposits or loose abdominal skin that has not improved with diet or
You should postpone the surgery if you:
Intend to lose weight
Are a woman who is planning
Tummy tuck: What to expect
Although each patient’s experience is different, here is a general
guide to tummy tuck surgery. The surgery can last several hours,
depending on the extent of the work.
Decide with you on the best location for your procedure.
Surgeon's office-based surgical facility
Outpatient surgery center
Give you either
local or general anesthesia.
Make a long incision from one
side of your hipbone to the other.
Remove excess fat and
skin from the middle and lower abdomen.
abdominal wall muscles.
Tummy tuck: Recovery
After the surgery, here’s what you can expect:
Side effects: You may experience some short-term side effects
including a swollen or painful abdomen.
Healing: The healing is a slow and gradual process. It may
take weeks or months to reach a full recovery.
Scars: At first, the scars may appear to get worse,
especially during the first three to six months as they heal. It can
take up to a year for scars to flatten out and lighten in color,
although they may never completely disappear.
Complications: Possible complications from the procedure
Scarring: There may be scarring if the incision area does
not heal properly. We can often correct this with a second
Surgical complications: As with any surgery, there is a
risk of infection, blood clots or reaction to the anesthesia.