Imagine your abdomen as a pair of pants, and your plastic surgeon as the tailor. In order to create a firm, tight appearance, the abdominal walls need to be tightened just right so there’s no bulging.
A standard tummy tuck is best suited for those with excess skin above and below the belly button. During the procedure, your plastic surgeon will make two incisions: one across the lower abdomen and one around your belly button. Once the incisions are made, the muscles are tightened, excess skin is removed, and remaining skin is stretched down.
Upon waking up from surgery, you’ll probably have drains in the side of your abdomen to drain extra fluid. You may be swollen and bruised for a few days, but you will be able to see a difference right away.
On average, it takes four to six weeks to fully recover, and six months to a year before full results are noticeable.
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