A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat on the abdominal wall to give a flatter and firmer abdomen.
Surgery is performed in hospital, under general anesthesia. It takes between 1 to 3 hours depending on the amount of excess fat and skin to be removed.
Abdominal liposuction is recommended if your waist and upper abdomen have excess fat. An incision is made in the abdominal crease, which is usually covered by underwear. Excess skin and fat are separated from muscle. Weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured if needed.
Patients usually spend between 1 and 2 nights in hospital after the surgery. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid for between 24 to 48 hours.
Stitches are removed after 2 weeks and patients are usually able to return to work after a week. A post surgical compression garment is required for 4 weeks. The recovery time is about 2 months. Scars will fade away after 6 months.