Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Information


In general, good candidates for abdominoplasty:

  • Are healthy and do not have medical conditions that impair healing

  • Are nonsmokers

  • Have a positive outlook and realistic expectations

  • Have stable weight

  • Are bothered by the appearance of their abdomens


In preparing for a tummy tuck, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications

  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery

  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements because they can increase bleeding and bruising

  • Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you the first night following surgery


Recovery time is generally 2 weeks, and patients should wait 6 months to return to the gym. Dressings will be applied to your incisions. Small, thin tubes are temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heartbeats, seek medical attention immediately.

Although infrequent, the risks and complications of abdominoplasty include:

  • Belly-button issues

  • Infection

  • Scarring

  • Incision breakdown

  • Fluid buildup

  • Asymmetry (unevenness between two sides)

Unlikely Complications