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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
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Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a “tummy tuck,” is a surgical procedure aimed at improving the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles. This surgery is often sought by individuals who have experienced significant weight loss, pregnancy, or aging, which can result in stretched abdominal muscles and loose skin.

Here’s an overview of the abdominoplasty procedure:

What are the types of tummy tuck surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, comes in different types, each tailored to address specific concerns and goals. Here are some common types:

  • Full Tummy Tuck (Traditional Abdominoplasty) : This procedure involves making an incision from hip to hip, removing excess skin, tightening the abdominal muscles, and repositioning the belly button. It’s suitable for individuals with significant excess skin and muscle laxity in the abdominal area.

  • Mini Tummy Tuck : This procedure targets the lower abdomen below the belly button. It involves a smaller incision and focuses on removing excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen. It’s ideal for individuals with minor skin laxity and fat deposits confined to the lower abdomen.

  • Extended Tummy Tuck : This type of abdominoplasty is suitable for individuals who have excess skin and fat not only in the abdomen but also extending around the hips and to the lower back. It involves a longer incision that extends further around the sides of the body.

  • Fleur-de-Lis Tummy Tuck : This procedure is for individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight, resulting in excess skin not only in the horizontal direction but also vertically. It involves incisions made horizontally and vertically to address excess skin both horizontally and vertically.

  • Reverse Tummy Tuck : In this procedure, the excess skin and fat are removed from the upper abdomen, usually through an incision made just below the breasts. It’s suitable for individuals with laxity and excess skin limited to the upper abdomen.

  • Circumferential Tummy Tuck (Body Lift) : This extensive procedure addresses excess skin and fat not only in the abdomen but also around the entire circumference of the body. It’s often performed for individuals who have undergone massive weight loss, such as after bariatric surgery.

Who is a candidate for a tummy tuck?

A plastic surgeon will let you know if you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure. The ideal candidate should:

  • Be in good general health.

  • Be at a stable weight.

  • Not smoke or be able to stop smoking before and after the procedure.

  • Not plan on becoming pregnant.

  • Have realistic expectations for the procedure.


The results of a tummy tuck are permanent, but changes to your weight can affect the outcome of the procedure over time. A tummy tuck doesn’t prevent weight gain. If you’re in the process of reaching your ideal weight, don’t undergo a tummy tuck right away. Your surgeon will recommend you wait until your weight stops changing.

In addition, if you plan on expanding your family, your surgeon will recommend you postpone a tummy tuck. Your muscles and skin can stretch after pregnancy, which can affect the outcome of this procedure.

Procedure Details

How should I prepare for a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck involves several important steps to ensure both a successful surgery and a smooth recovery afterward. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to prepare:

  • Choose a Qualified Surgeon: Research and select a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing tummy tuck procedures. Ensure they have a good reputation and a history of successful outcomes.

  • Schedule a Consultation: Arrange a consultation with your chosen surgeon to discuss your goals, medical history, and any concerns you may have. Use this opportunity to ask questions and clarify any doubts about the procedure.

  • Follow Pre-Operative Instructions: Your surgeon will provide specific instructions to prepare for surgery. This may include guidelines on medications to avoid, dietary restrictions, and lifestyle modifications leading up to the procedure.

  • Complete Pre-Surgical Evaluations: Undergo any necessary pre-surgical evaluations, such as blood tests, imaging scans, or medical clearance from your primary care physician.

  • Quit Smoking and Avoid Nicotine Products: If you smoke, it’s crucial to quit smoking and avoid nicotine-containing products for several weeks before and after surgery. Smoking can impair healing and increase the risk of complications.

  • Maintain a Stable Weight: Aim to maintain a stable weight leading up to the surgery. Significant fluctuations in weight can impact the results of the tummy tuck.

  • Stay Hydrated and Eat a Balanced Diet: Prioritize hydration and consume a nutritious, balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals to support your body’s healing process.

  • Arrange for Transportation and Support: Plan for transportation to and from the surgical facility on the day of the procedure. Additionally, arrange for someone to accompany you home after surgery and provide assistance during the initial stages of recovery.

  • Prepare Your Home: Create a comfortable and supportive environment for your recovery at home. This may involve setting up a designated recovery area with pillows, blankets, and entertainment options within reach.

  • Stock Up on Supplies: Purchase any supplies you may need during the recovery period, such as loose-fitting clothing, compression garments (if recommended by your surgeon), pain medications, and wound care supplies.

  • Follow Fasting Guidelines: Adhere to fasting guidelines provided by your surgeon, typically requiring you to abstain from eating or drinking anything for a specified period before the surgery.

  • Review Post-Operative Instructions: Familiarize yourself with post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon. This includes guidance on wound care, activity restrictions, follow-up appointments, and signs of potential complications.

By diligently following these preparatory steps and closely adhering to your surgeon’s recommendations, you can help ensure a successful tummy tuck procedure and facilitate a smooth recovery process.

What happens during a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is usually an outpatient procedure. This means you can go home after the surgery. You might need to stay in the hospital overnight if you’re undergoing more than one type of cosmetic surgery.

On the day of your procedure, you’ll receive general anaesthesia. This will put you to sleep so you won’t feel any pain.

The steps of a tummy tuck vary based on what type your surgeon performs. Your surgeon will:

  • Anesthesia: General anesthesia is administered to ensure you’re unconscious and pain-free during the surgery.

  • Incision: Your surgeon makes an incision in the abdominal area, typically between the pubic hairline and the belly button.

  • Skin Manipulation: The upper abdominal skin is pulled down, excess skin is removed, and the underlying abdominal muscles may be tightened if necessary.

  • Belly Button Repositioning: If required, your surgeon relocates the belly button to a natural position on the abdomen.

  • Drainage Tubes: Drainage tubes may be inserted to remove excess fluid buildup during the initial stages of healing.

  • Closure: The incision site is closed with sutures, and bandages are applied to protect the area.

  • Post-Operative Observation: After the procedure, you’ll be monitored until the effects of anesthesia wear off, and your surgeon approves you for discharge.

What is the recovery time for a tummy tuck?

The recovery time for a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can vary depending on factors such as the extent of the surgery, individual healing rates, and adherence to post-operative instructions. However, here’s a general timeline of what to expect during the recovery process:

  1. Immediate Post-Operative Period (Days 1-2):

    • After the surgery, you’ll spend some time in the recovery area, where you’ll be monitored closely as you wake up from anesthesia.

    • You may experience some discomfort, swelling, bruising, and tightness in the abdominal area, which can be managed with pain medications prescribed by your surgeon.

    • Drainage tubes, if used, will remain in place to remove excess fluid from the surgical site.

  2. First Week:

    • You’ll be advised to rest and limit physical activity during the initial days following surgery.

    • It’s essential to follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding wound care, including keeping the incision sites clean and dry and changing dressings as directed.

    • You may need assistance with activities of daily living, such as getting out of bed and moving around.

  3. First Few Weeks:

    • Swelling and bruising will gradually subside, but it’s common to experience some degree of swelling for several weeks or even months after surgery.

    • You may be advised to wear a compression garment to support the healing process and minimize swelling.

    • Avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and exercise during this time, as these activities can strain the surgical site and impede healing.

  4. First Month:

    • Most patients can return to light activities and work within 1-2 weeks after surgery, depending on individual recovery progress and the nature of their job.

    • Follow-up appointments with your surgeon will be scheduled to monitor your progress and remove any sutures or drainage tubes, if necessary.

    • It’s essential to continue following post-operative instructions and avoiding activities that could compromise healing.

  5. First Few Months:

    • While you may start to see noticeable improvements in abdominal contour within the first few weeks, the final results of the tummy tuck may take several months to fully manifest as swelling continues to decrease and the tissues settle into their new position.

    • Your surgeon may gradually clear you to resume more strenuous activities and exercise routines as healing progresses.

It’s important to remember that everyone’s recovery experience is unique, and some individuals may recover more quickly or slowly than others. Be sure to communicate openly with your surgeon throughout the recovery process, attend all scheduled follow-up appointments, and follow their recommendations closely to optimize your results and minimize the risk of complications.

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