Those who are considering a tummy tuck procedure typically have a number of questions they want to ask their surgeon before going under the knife – and this includes what exactly goes on while the patient is under anesthesia.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, various factors and personal preferences determine exactly how the procedure will go. Generally, however, the surgeon places a horizontal incision just within or above the pubic area. The incision extends laterally depending on how much skin needs to be removed. In some cases, there is excess skin above the navel – if so, the surgeon also places an incision above the navel to get rid of the skin.
In addition, any stretch marks in the lower abdomen can also be removed. They will be flattened and improved, but not completely gone after the surgery is complete.
Another common concern is what the patient has to do to prepare for the surgery. Those who smoke will have to quit well in advance and some may have to avoid certain medications. The patient's individual surgeon will then provide them with any additional instructions. Then, the individual is ready for their new – and improved – body.