A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen area and the tightening of the underlying muscles to create a firmer and smoother abdominal profile.

The procedure is typically sought out by individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight, undergone multiple pregnancies, or simply have excess skin and fat in their abdominal region that is resistant to diet and exercise. It is important to note that a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss, nor is it intended to treat obesity.

The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and usually takes between two to three hours. Standard operations involve a horizontal incision between the pubic hairline and the belly-button and another incision around the belly-button to separate it from the surrounding tissue. The underlying muscles are then tightened, and the excess skin and fat are removed. Finally, the remaining skin is pulled taut, and the incisions are closed with sutures.

Abdominoplasty at a glance

Surgery time

3 hours

Hospital stay

1 night


6 weeks

Recovery time

6 weeks

Time off work

2-3 weeks


2 -3 weeks


After 2 days

Sleeping on back

After 4 weeks