What is an Abdominoplasty?

A “tummy tuck” procedure, formally named an abdominoplasty, is a rejuvenation procedure of the abdomen. Over time the muscles in the abdominal wall can separate from the midline creating a “bulge”. This occurrence is called rectus diastasis and can be particularly problematic after childbirth. An abdominoplasty procedure is designed to eliminate excess skin, fatty tissue and to bring the muscles back to its native position to create a more youthful appearing waistline.

What to Expect:

The procedure is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. The procedure begins with liposuction to contour the waistline. Unwanted skin and abdominal tissue are removed. The duration of the procedure is 3-4 hours.


An abdominal binder is worn for 1 week after surgery.  Once the abdominal binder is removed a compression garment is placed. The compression garment is worn for 4-6 weeks to contour the abdomen and minimize swelling. Strenuous exercises should be avoided for 4-6 weeks.

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