Procedure: Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall.  Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Length: Two to five hours.
Anesthesia: General, or local with sedation.
In/Outpatient: Either depending on individual circumstances and extent of surgery.
Side Effects: Temporary pain; swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, tiredness for several weeks or months.
Risks: Blood clots; infection; bleeding under the skin flap; poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss; need for a second operation.
Recovery:

Back to work: two to four weeks.

More strenuous activity: four to six weeks or more.

Fading and flattening of scars: three months to two years.

Photos

Preoperative appearance tummy tuck photo Skin dissection tummy tuck photo Removal of excess skin tummy tuck photo
Preoperative appearance Skin dissection Muscle tightening Removal of excess skin
Postoperative appearance tummy tuck photo      
Postoperative appearance      

Actual patient photographs available at time of consult.