Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck): What You Should Know

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) removes excess fat and skin to create a smoother, flatter abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery also may repair weakened or separated abdominal muscles due to aging, heredity, pregnancy, prior surgeries or significant weight fluctuations.

When your weight is steady and appropriate exercise doesn't help reduce a loose, sagging or protruding belly, a tummy tuck may be a solution.

This outpatient procedure is performed with sedation or general anesthesia. Patients can typically go home the same day.


While you will have some initial swelling after surgery, most patients enjoy a slimmer profile within a week or two after surgery. It will take several months for the tummy tuck scar at the bikini line to fade.

Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions about your care after your procedure.

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