Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) is a procedure in which the redundant skin on the abdomen that is sometimes present after child bearing or weight loss is removed. The muscles are tightened, excess flank fat is removed by liposuction, and the abdominal contour is improved.
This procedure takes place in the operating room with the patient asleep. During the surgery, long acting numbing medication is infused that lasts for approximately three days. This greatly eases the immediate post procedure discomfort, and reduces the need for strong pain medicines. As a result, much of the nausea and constipation that used to be involved with the recovering is no longer a factor. You go home the same day of the procedure, and will likely need only over the counter pain medications. There will be a tight feeling in the surgical area that you will feel after the surgery, but actual pain is minimal. The tight feeling improves over the next week. This is a procedure that you should only entertain if you have completed child bearing, as a subsequent pregnancy will reverse the surgical result.