A tummy tuck will flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin tightening muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure will last 2 to 5 hours. The procedure can be performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis depending on individual circumstances and extent of surgery.
Side effects include temporary pain, swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, and fatigue for several weeks or months. Risks are rare but include blood clots, bleeding under the skin flap, and poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss.
During recovery, patients may return to work in 2 to 4 weeks (4 to 6 weeks for more strenuous patients). Fading and flattening of scars occurs in 3 months to 2 years.