Guide to Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

An abdominoplasty (commonly referred to as a tummy tuck) is a surgical procedure in which excess fat and skin is removed and muscles, which have become weakened over time, are repaired giving the patient a trim, smoother looking mid-section. Tummy tuck procedures have been very popular among women, particularly women who have had children, but a growing number of men are seeking out tummy tuck procedures as well.

Why Seek a Tummy Tuck?

Many people spend countless hours at the gym or staying active to achieve a flat, well-toned abdomen. Yet, some of the most intense diet and exercise routines can fall short of this goal. Even the most active people, who are of otherwise normal body weight, can develop a protruding abdomen. Some of the most common reasons for this include:

  • Age
  • Fluctuations in Weight (sven small amounts)
  • Genetics
  • Prior Medical Operations
  • Pregnancy
  • Loss of Skin Elasticity

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Procedures

Once a tummy tuck procedure has been done, the results are considered permanent. While the effects are long lasting, they can be adversely affected by significant weight fluctuations. For mothers, the effects of a tummy tuck procedure can be affected by having additional pregnancies after the procedure by stretching the newly tightened, repair muscles. If you are considering having additional children, it may be a good idea to postpone a tummy tuck procedure.

A tummy tuck procedure works well in conjunction with liposuction to treat difficult fatty deposits that diet and exercise cannot target. However, a tummy tuck will not affect or correct stomach scarring, such as stretch marks. Although there may be some improvement in the areas where excess skin has been removed, these areas are generally below the navel.


A tummy tuck usually requires a low horizontal incision just above the pubic area. The length of the incision depends on how much skin must be removed. Once the incision is made, the surgeon tightens the muscles around the abdominal wall and trims away loose skin around the lower abdomen. In some cases, the procedure may be performed with an endoscopic instrument through tiny incisions instead. Liposuction is sometimes performed in conjunction with tummy tuck.

The results of an abdominoplasty can be long-lasting if you maintain your diet and exercise on a regular basis.


Abdominoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia or under intravenous sedation, although local anesthesia may be used in some cases.

Before Surgery

  • Avoid overexposure to the sun.
  • Do not go on a stringent diet.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, Advil, Motrin, or other aspirin-containing products for two weeks prior to surgery.
  • If you are a smoker, stop smoking to aid in healing.

Recovery after Abdominoplasty

• Surgical drains are usually removed in five to seven days.
• Sutures are self-dissolving.
• Returning to work may occur after two to four weeks.
• A gradual return to exercise helps aid healing.
• Scars may lighten after six to nine months; scars are not visible under bathing suits.




Next Steps

If you are considering a cosmetic procedure, our team is here to help. Call us at (212) 305-3103 or request an appointment online.