Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)

The most common abdominoplasty is a full timmy tuck

By Sarah Leavitt, Medical Research EditorLast modified: March 30, 2011

Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)

The details of tummy tuck surgery should be discussed with your doctor during your pre-surgical consultation. There are a number of different tummy tuck procedures available to men and women today. The type of procedure you undergo will depend on your existing size, shape, and bodily contours as well as your desired results. The most common form of abdominoplasty is the full tummy tuck, or the traditional tummy tuck, described blow.

You should be sure to discuss the risks and side effects of a tummy tuck before entering surgery.

The Abdominoplasty Surgery
Tummy tuck surgery, also called abdominoplasty, generally occurs under general anesthesia and is performed on an outpatient basis, though sometimes patients need to spend the night in the hospital. The length of the surgery depends on the amount of skin and fat needing removal, but generally lasts between 2 and 5 hours. (The extent of the surgery also influences the cost of a tummy tuck.)

Doctors make a long incision across the abdomen connecting hip bone to hip bone. The incision curves downwards with a flat part at the bottom immediately above the public area. Doctors then make a second incision around the belly button to separate the skin from the abdominal tissue.

The surgeon separates the skin from the abdominal wall to achieve access to the rectus muscles (vertical abdominal muscles). The surgeon tightens the rectus muscles, which have usually been stretched from pregnancies or weight-gain. After tightening and repositioning these muscles, the surgeon removes excess skin before wrapping the remaining skin over the abdominal area for setting sutures in place.  

Lastly, the surgeon brings the belly button through the new skin that covers it.

Tummy tuck surgery is commonly combined with a liposuction.


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