Women or men seeing fat, skin, or poor muscle contour of the abdomen often consider abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck. Multiple pregnancies, weight loss, and normal aging can leave the abdominal contour with excess skin and protruding stomach muscles. Occasionally there is enough skin excess to cause rashes or skin breakdown of the lower abdominal skin.
An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, re-sculpts and contours the abdomen by tightening the tummy muscles and removing excess skin and fat. Depending on the degree of contour and skin problems - incisions are placed low and also around the belly button. The goal is to give a flatter, smoother abdominal contour.
Most patients experience moderate discomfort for the first several days which is relieved with prescription medications. Patients wear a compressive, support garment for the first several weeks. Patients are back to most activities within 2 to 3 weeks, depending on their job requirements, and back to full, unrestricted activity within 4 to 6 weeks.
A firmer, flatter, and smoother abdominal contour is the usual outcome. Patients who intend to lose significantly more weight, or plan future pregnancies, should discuss these issues at the consultation so you understand what effect this could have on your results.
While all surgery carries some risk, abdominoplasty is a common and safe procedure. Minor problems would include scarring, a change in sensation, or delayed fluid and swelling. Rarely, more significant problems can occur and these can be reviewed on the link below.
Copy adapted from the joint ASPS and PSEF website.