Abdominoplasty Improves the appearance of the abdominal area after pregnancy or significant weight loss. Procedure Abdominoplasty, also called tummy tuck surgery, surgically removes the excess skin and fat that lies between the umbilicus and the overhanging skin (or to a cesarean scar) from the abdominal area. Depending on the needs of the patient, the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened. The incision is a half-moon shape (length is dependent on the mass of skin and fat to be removed). Length Approximately two to four hours. Anesthesia Most commonly patients are placed under general anesthesia. This procedure can also be performed with a regional nerve block obtained with local anesthetic agents. Inpatient/Outpatient Either is possible and depends on the patient's health and the doctor's preference. Possible Side Effects Temporary discomfort, low back pain, post-operative swelling, soreness or tenderness in the surrounding areas, numbness of abdominal skin and bruising are possible side effects. Recovery The patient may return to work within two to four weeks. Upon re-evaluation by the physician, the patient may return to activity that is more strenuous after approximately four to six weeks. Scars should fade and flatten anywhere from three months to one year after surgery. Patients are asked to wear a body girdle for at least four weeks. Results The result will last many years, unless the patient gains weight or becomes pregnant.