What to Expect During Tummy Tuck Surgery

Published on April 29, 2022
By Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure done to improve the appearance and shape of the abdomen. Individuals may want the surgery for a variety of reasons. Some do it to remove excess fat in their abdominal areas, and others do it because they have loose skin in their abdomen.

These can happen due to pregnancy, body type, weight change, or aging. Going through C-section surgery can also cause the need for a tummy tuck.



Any healthy individual is suitable for a tummy tuck procedure. It suits women who have had multiple pregnancies as it helps reduce excess skin and tighten the muscles in their abdomens. A tummy tuck is also ideal for people who were obese and still have loose skin and fat deposits around their belly area.

Tummy tucks are not suitable for women who plan to get pregnant in the future. It is ideal to postpone the procedure until you are sure you do not want more children. The procedure is also not ideal for individuals who want to lose weight. It is not a weight-loss option. 



During the first visit, you need to prepare to answer questions about any medical conditions you have and those you had in the past. Your surgeon will analyze your medical history and ask you about your current medications or those you took recently.

Your doctor will also examine your abdomen to determine your treatment options. They will take pictures to put in your medical records. They will then talk to you about your expectations and make you understand the benefits and risks of going through with the surgery.


Before Surgery

A tummy tuck procedure happens in an outpatient surgical facility or a hospital. You will be under general anesthesia to go through the surgery while unconscious. In other cases, you may receive moderate sedation. The procedure takes about three hours to complete.

The length and shape of the incisions depend on the amount of skin removed. The incision made above your pubic hair will leave a scar that will fall along your natural bikini line crease. Your surgeon will bring out the belly button through an incision as they also reposition the skin around it and then suture it into its usual position. 


After Surgery

A surgical dressing will cover your incisions. You may have small tubes placed inside the incisions to drain the excess fluid and blood. The health care staff will help you walk around to prevent blood clots from forming. Your specialist may also prescribe the use of blood-thinning medication after the procedure.

You will need to wear an abdominal binder for six weeks after the procedure. Doing so will prevent fluid buildup and support the abdomen as you recover. During recovery, you will need to be careful as you move around. Avoid positions that can strain the incision lines to avoid opening them up. You will also need regular follow-up appointments.




A tummy tuck will give you a more toned abdomen and make it look slimmer. If you keep your weight stable, your results will last longer.


For more information about tummy tuck surgery or to schedule a consultation, call Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana in Lafayette, Louisiana at (337) 504-3640.