Abdominoplasty, or a “tummy tuck,” is performed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and to tighten the muscles in the abdominal wall. These excess tissues and stretched abdominal muscles are a result of age, weight gain and loss, and pregnancy. In this procedure, the abdominal wall muscles are tightened and excess fatty tissue and skin are removed to improve the body contour. The result is a narrower, flatter abdomen and better defined waist line. Abdominoplasty is often performed in combination with liposuction to improve the contour of areas such as the flanks, hips and lower back.
The surgery takes 2-3 hours under sedation or general anesthesia and involves an incision that goes from one hip to the other. The incision is kept low and is easily concealed by bikini bottoms. A drainage tube is required for one week. Recovery time is 1-2 weeks, but patients need to refrain from strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for one month.