Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Good Candidates for a Tummy Tuck

  • Excess amount of sagging skin, stretch marks, or a protruding belly due to pregnancy and delivery or weight loss
  • Good health, do not smoke, and have a stable weight
  • Women who are planning to get pregnant in the future are advised to delay surgery until they are finished having children.


  • Flatter tummy with better aesthetic contour
  • Repair and tightening of the abdominal muscles
  • Disappearance of stretch marks
  • Relief of symptoms of backaches

After the Surgery

  • A tummy tuck is performed under a general anesthetic and will take approximately 2.5 hours to complete. Most patients are able to return home two hours following the surgery.
  • Occasionally, a surgical drain is used to prevent any fluid buildup and it is usually removed after one week
  • You’ll need at least 14 days to begin your recovery, so be sure to schedule that time off from work, if necessary, before you have your procedure
  • A supportive compression garment is usually worn for the six weeks following surgery in order to reduce swelling and aid in the healing process
  • You may also experience some discoloration once healing begins, which may take a few months to disappear, as well as a feeling of tightness. This is also normal, and temporary
  • You can expect to see your final results in about 6 months. If you had any associated procedures performed simultaneously, your recovery period will likely last longer, and it may also be longer before you see the final results