Tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) is an operation that corrects a loose, stretched stomach and in the process removes all necessary extra skin and contours the full areas of the flanks and hips with liposuction. For those patients that require excessive loose skin to be removed, the stalk of the belly button (umbilicus) will need a new exit created in the newly draped skin. This requires an incision around the belly button, which quickly fades and looks like a normal belly button scar.
If less skin needs to be removed, you may be a candidate for a mini or modified abdominoplasty with a shorter scar. Please refer to the related articles listed below for more information. Either way, the abdominal musculature will be tightened almost like a corset and any muscle separation or hernia will be corrected. The muscle and skin layers are sutured back together leaving the scars below the bikini line. A pain pump infusion system (Accufuser) is left in place for the initial 3-4 days after surgery to minimize postoperative discomfort. Dr. Verbin leaves a single drain in place for the first week to help minimize excessive fluid build-up and the patient is required to wear an abdominal compression garment for the first 4 weeks. Walking is started immediately after surgery and light exercise is permitted after the first week. The majority of patients return to work in two to three weeks.