ABDOMINOPLASTY (Tummy Tuck)
Abdominoplasty flattens the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin, tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and may take 2-5 hours. You may remain hospitalized overnight depending on individual circumstances and the extent of the surgery. Side effects may include temporary pain, swelling, soreness, numbness of the abdominal skin, bruising, and fatigue for several weeks or months. Risks include blood clots, infection, bleeding under the skin flap, poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss, and need for a second operation. Most patients are able to return to work in 2 to 4 weeks, and return to more strenuous activity in 4 to 6 weeks or more. It can take up to a year for the scars to fade and flatten. Learn more about abdominoplasty or tummy tucks.