A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that helps restore both aesthetics and function to the abdomen. The procedure is most commonly performed on women who have excess skin and loose abdominal muscles after pregnancy, aging, genetics or weight loss.
The procedure involves removal of excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen, in most cases, liposuction is also performed to enhance outcomes. Any separation in the abdominal muscles, known as a diastasis rectus, is tightened and repaired. The remaining abdominal skin is pulled down tight, creating a smoother, firmer profile. The procedure is performed in 3-4 hours and scars are placed in the lower abdomen and around the belly button. While recovery time is typically 2-3 weeks, patients are asked not to perform any heavy lifting for 6 weeks. Ideal candidates are nonsmoking women with no major health issues and whose weight is in a healthy range. Some patients may be candidates for a mini tummy tuck but this is best determined with a consultation.