"Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure designed to flatten the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat, tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. Tummy tucks can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.
2 to 5 hours. A partial tummy tuck may take 1 to 2 hours (see description below).
Patients may experience temporary pain, bruising, swelling, soreness, or numbness in the abdominal skin for several weeks or several months.
Back to work: 2 to 4 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years.
Most commonly, a surgeon will make a long incision across the hipbone directly above the pubic area, with a second incision following to free the navel from surrounding tissue. The surgeon will separate the skin from the abdominal wall up to the ribs, lifting a large skin flap to reveal the vertical muscles in the abdomen.
He or she will eventually tighten the muscles by pulling them close together and stitching them into their new position. Some patients qualify for a minimum tummy tuck, if most of their fat is carried below their navel. This is considered a less complex procedure.
Outpatient - Usually outpatient; dependent upon individual circumstances and extent of surgery.
Local with Sedation