Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty

About Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck" is the procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. 


This type of surgery is usually sought by patients with loose or sagging tissues after pregnancy or major weight loss.

time requirements

Minimum stay

At least 2 weeks

Hospital stay

1 or 2 nights

Operation duration

2 to 3 hours

Anesthesia type


Back to work

2 to 6 weeks

Post visit

Not required

Before Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty

Before the procedure, patient will have an initial consultation session with the surgeon to discuss about the surgical options and possible outcomes. Patients with a body mass index (BMI) of higher than 25 or 30 are recommended to lose weight with the help of nutrition, diet or even bariatric surgery. Once the body is relatively fit the tummy tuck procedure is recommended. Other general recommendations before the procedure are:


  • Be fit; reach the optimal and non-fluctuated weight before the surgery.
  • Be sure of no future pregnancies.
  • Stop smoking two weeks before the surgery.
  • Let doctor know your medical history and current medications 
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements at least 10 days before the surgery as they may increase the bleeding possibility

How is Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty performed?

Abdominoplasty surgery is performed either as complete abdominoplasty or partial/mini abdominoplasty. 


In complete abdominoplasty an incision will be made from hip to hip just above the pubic area. A second incision will be made around the navel to free it from surrounding tissue. The skin and fat layers above the abdominal wall will be lifted upward to expose the abdominal muscles. The surgeon will suture these muscles, pulling them closer together to creates a flatter, firmer abdominal wall and a slimmer waistline. Once the muscles are tightened, the layer of skin and fat will be stretched back over the abdominal wall and a new hole will be created for the navel. Excess skin and fat that hang beyond the original incision will be removed. Drainage tubes are usually placed in the abdomen through tiny holes below the incision, allowing fluids to escape during the recovery. At the end, incisions will be sutured and bandages will be applied.        


Mini-abdominoplasty has no incision on naval and no belly button move. It is performed for patients whose fat deposit located below the naval. 


In both surgeries the incision is typically made where it is hidden by bathing suits or undergarments, but it is important to know that the surgery will leave a scar. Tummy tuck procedures can be performed alone, but are often performed with liposuction to further improve body contours.

Anesthesia type

Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck" is the procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm.

Recovery procedure

Possible discomfort

Most patients reported experiencing swelling, pain, bleeding, numbness, bruising and tiredness.

Post procedure care

  • Have help getting back to hotel
  • Follow doctor instructions to care surgical site, compression garment and drains
  • Do not do heavy physical activities or sport
  • Avoid lifting heavy stuffs
  • Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks after the surgery

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What you need to know

Not recommended for

  • Women who plan to get pregnant
  • Individuals with no stable weight 
  • Patients with alternative solutions for weight loss. A tummy tuck should be the last resort after patient tried everything else
  • Individuals with bleeding tendency, poor healing ability or health condition

Potential risk

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Fat necrosis 
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Persistent pain
  • Recurrent looseness of skin

Cost parameters

  • Type of anesthesia
  • Patient’s health condition i.e diabetic 
  • Type of abdominoplasty or amount of loose skin
  • Other treatments performed in parallel i.e performing liposuction, breast lift etc.
  • The incision location/type
  • Qualification/expertise of the surgeon


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