Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Procedure: Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall.
Length: Two to five hours.
Anesthesia: General, or local with sedation.
In/Outpatient: Either depending on individual circumstances and extent of surgery.
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; need for a second operation.

Back to work: two to four weeks.

More strenuous activity: four to six weeks or more.

Fading and flattening of scars: three months to two years.


Preoperative appearance Skin dissection Muscle tightening Removal of excess skin
Postoperative appearance      

Actual patient photographs available at time of consult.