Tummy tuck flattens the abdomen (tummy) by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall. This is a safe and rewarding procedure; it has less risk for complications than a caesarean section. Depending on whether abdominal liposuction is required or not, the procedure lasts 2 – 5 hours and is performed under general anaesthesia. Hospital stay is usually about 2 – 5 days after surgery. You will use an abdominal binder after surgery. It is possible to commence light domestic work within the first week and depending on the nature of your work, you can be back at work in one to two weeks. You can resume strenuous physical activity in 4 to 6 weeks. The outcome of the surgery and quality of scar improves over 3 to 6 months; swelling from oedema also resolves over the same time frame.


  1. Moderate swelling of abdomen is to be expected; you may notice that your clothes may not fit as easily as before, be patient, the swelling will gradually subside, and you will be back to normal in 3 to 6 months.
  2. Because of the removal of tissue from your abdomen, there is a certain amount of tightness that is to be expected. This will slowly relax within 6 months.
  3. Frequently, after surgery, you may have some fluid in the abdomen after the drains are removed. Please contact your Doctor if you notice a fullness or sloshy feeling in your abdomen.