FAQS Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Surgery

Who is a good candidate for abdominoplasty? 

A good candidate for abdominoplasty is someone who is close to their ideal weight, 

but has loose abdominal skin and weakened abdominal muscles either from 

pregnancy or weight loss.  

What factors should I consider when selecting a tummy tuck surgeon? 

Experience is the most important factor to consider when selecting a tummy tuck 

surgeon. Through viewing before and after pictures of the surgeon’s work, you will be 

able to determine whether you like the results she or he has been able to achieve in the 

past. Board certification is also very important.  

What are the different types of tummy tuck procedures? 

There are different types of tummy tuck procedures for different patient needs. All 

types of abdominoplasty involve the removal of excess skin and the tightening of 

abdominal muscles, except for the endoscopic abdominoplasty. The endoscopic 

tummy tuck only involves the tightening of abdominal muscles and the removal of 

small amounts of fat. No skin is removed. The traditional tummy tuck procedure 

addresses imperfections in the entire abdominal area both above and below the navel. 

When a mini tummy tuck is performed, the surgeon only works on improving the area 

below the navel. An extended tummy tuck can also improve the appearance of love 

handles on either side of the hips, in addition to the abdominal area. A circumferential 

abdominoplasty is usually performed when a massive amount of weight loss has taken 

place, leaving an apron of loose skin around the entire body. This procedure may also 

be referred to as a lower body lift. 

What is the typical cost of abdominoplasty? 

Typically, the cost of an abdominoplasty falls between $3,000 and $10,000. A precise 

estimate of what your tummy tuck will cost can only be obtained during a one-on-one 

patient consultation with an abdominoplasty surgeon. Many variables influence the 

cost of an abdominoplasty procedure, and their may be several additional costs not 

calculated in the initial surgeon’s fee. Find out more information on abdominoplasty 

costs , which questions to ask about cost during your consultation, and which variables 

affect tummy tuck prices. 

Will financing cover the cost of a tummy tuck? 

With proper planning, it is entirely possible that financing will cover the cost of a 

tummy tuck, but you will need a thorough knowledge of your financing options, your 

rights as a borrower, and the surgical and post-surgical costs of the abdominoplasty 

procedure.  

How should I prepare for abdominoplasty surgery? 

Attend a patient consultation to meet with your abdominoplasty surgeon. Tell your 

surgeon about all medications and herbal supplements that you are taking. You will 

likely have to either decrease or discontinue your dosage of some medications two 

weeks prior to surgery, and your surgeon will be able to tell you which medications 

increase your risk for complications. You will have to quit smoking two weeks before 

the surgery and remain a non-smoker for two weeks following surgery. Exercise, eat a 

balanced diet, and get plenty of rest in the weeks leading up to surgery. Follow any 

instructions your surgeon gives you to the letter.  

What happens during the tummy tuck procedure? 

During the tummy tuck procedure, your surgeon will make one or more incisions. 

Endoscopic and mini tummy tucks have smaller incisions then other abdominoplasty 

procedures. Your incisions will most likely extend from hip to hip and around the 

navel. Your surgeon will remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. 

Sometimes a small amount of liposuction is used to remove small pockets of fat. The 

incisions are closed using surgical stitches and, if necessary, the navel is reattached.  

What is the abdominoplasty recovery period like? 

The abdominoplasty recovery period is a time for gentle movement marked by 

temporary pain and discomfort. You will have abdominal stitches and be fitted with a 

tummy tuck drain to draw fluid away from the wound. It will be at least a week before 

the drain is removed and you are able to return to work. The stitches will be removed 

in stages over the course of two weeks. Light walking and other very gentle exercise 

will help with the swelling and prevent the formation of blood clots in the legs.  

What are the risks associated with tummy tuck surgery? 

Tummy tuck surgery is generally a safe procedure. If you take proper care in 

preparing for the surgery and follow your surgeon’s instruction regarding post- 

operative care, the risks are minimal. There is the risk that you will develop an 

infection, blood clots, or that there will be complications to the healing process. If 

complications occur, they can usually be treated, but may result in more prominent 

scarring after surgery.  

What are the common side effects of abdominoplasty? 

Abdominoplasty is major surgery, and all surgeries involve side effects. After 

undergoing a tummy tuck, you will experience some pain and swelling. Your surgeon 

will proscribe medication and give you instructions on how to lessen your 

discomfort.  

What are the benefits of tummy tuck surgery? 

Tummy tuck surgery can improve your appearance and self confidence. It can also be 

performed for health reasons if loose skin and weakened abdominal muscles have 

become a medical issue, as is sometimes the case after massive weight loss.  

Does a male tummy tuck differ from a female tummy tuck? 

Yes. Because abdominoplasty is a form of body contouring, a male tummy tuck 

differs from a female tummy tuck in that the surgeon is trying to achieve a very 

different body aesthetic. 

How can I maintain my figure after undergoing abdominoplasty surgery? 

To maintain the improved figure that accompanies abdominoplasty surgery, it is 

essential that you exercise routinely and follow a balanced diet. With proper 

maintenance, you can retain the results of your abdominoplasty for many years 

following surgery.