Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty surgery is performed to tighten and smooth the belly area. We remove the excess skin and fat as well as tighten the underlying muscle. This operation is especially powerful after pregnancy and is a common part of “mommy makeovers”. Dr. Street adds liposuction to this in almost all cases. Smaller abdominoplasties in just the lower abdomen are termed “mini” abdominoplasty. In those cases, there is no incision around the belly button.

Anesthesia: General
Operative Time: 2-3 hours
Incisions: Lower abdominal incision; Incision around belly button
Drains: Yes; 1-2 drains
Recovery Timeline:

  • 1 week – Suture removal; Typical time off work
  • 2 weeks – Both drains usually removed in first 1-2 weeks
  • 3 weeks – Resume low-impact exercise
  • 6 weeks – Resume all exercise without restrictions
  • 3 months – Majority of swelling gone and wounds 90% strong
  • 1 year – Final healing

*Please note that each patient and case is unique. Nothing in surgery is a guarantee. Please talk with Dr. Street more in person about your individualized surgical plan. All general anesthesia is performed by a board-certified anesthesiologist.