Abdominoplasty, better known as a “tummy tuck,” is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. Abdominoplasty should not be considered a substitute for weight loss.
A tummy tuck is nearly always performed under general anesthesia, but can be performed under local anesthesia, along with intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia depending on your health, the extent of the procedure and whether you are having other procedures at the same time. Some surgeons perform abdominoplasty in an outpatient surgical center, but most prefer a hospital setting where you can recover overnight. An abdominoplasty usually takes two to five hours, depending on the extent of work required. Partial abdominoplasty may take an hour or two.
A tummy tuck is not an alternative to losing weight. In fact, many board certified surgeons will suggest alternatives for patients who are more than 15 percent over their ideal body weight. The best candidates for abdominoplasty are those who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. Women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal are good candidates for this procedure, as well as older patients who have experienced a loss of skin elasticity.
Before and After photos of a patient who got a full mommy makeover, that included a Tummy Tuck and Breast Augmentation.