A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, removes the excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. A tummy tuck is not intended to replace weight loss or exercise.
In general, a good candidate to undergo a tummy tuck is physically healthy and at a stable weight, has realistic expectations and is a non-smoker.
Patients will need lab testing or a medical evaluation; take certain medications or adjust current medications; stop smoking; and avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, as they can increase bleeding.
Patients see results immediately but will continue to improve for up to 6 months. The tummy will be flatter firmer, with an abdominal contour more proportionate with the patient’s body type and weight.
Each patient heals differently, but in most cases the recovery time is 6 weeks.