Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) flattens the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of the abdominal wall. This procedure is usually outpatient with preparation and procedure encompassing 2 to 3 1/2 hours.

General anesthesia is administered during the procedure. Temporary pain, swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising and tiredness for several weeks can be expected.

Our patients are usually back to work in 2 to 4 weeks, but should avoid more strenuous activity for 4 to 6 weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars can take 2 years.

Side Effects & Risks

Side Effects: Temporary pain. Swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, tiredness for several weeks or months.

Risks: Blood clots. Infection. Bleeding under the skin flap. Poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss, which may require a second operation.

Alternative Procedures