Before heading into a consultation for a tummy tuck procedure, there are a number of things prospective patients should familiarize themselves with. While most people will read up on topics like recovery time and what to do in preparation for their appointment, fewer people may be aware of what goes on during the surgery itself.
Though everything depends on how much skin a prospective patient is having removed, most surgeries begin with a horizontal incision on or just above the pubic area, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Most surgeons will try their best to keep the incision below the bathing suit line to ensure scar visibility is kept to a minimum.
Aside from removing excess skin, one of the biggest goals of a tummy tuck procedure is to tighten the abdominal muscles. To accomplish this, plastic surgeons turn their attention toward loose, underlying tissue and muscles, bringing them together with sutures. As a final step, abdominal skin is pulled downward, with any excess material being removed.
After surgery, patients may be curious about the amount of recovery time they can expect. According to ASPS, most people can resume non-strenuous activity between one and three weeks later.