Tummy tuck surgery takes approximately four hours and is performed under general anesthesia. This procedure may be performed on an in-patient or outpatient basis, depending on the complexity of the surgery and Dr. Chaudhari’s recommendation, based on the pre-operative consultation.
The procedure is performed using two incisions: one from hipbone to hipbone close to the pubic area, and another small incision around the navel. The skin is then separated from the abdominal muscles, and those muscles are then pulled together and stitched into place for a firmer abdomen and narrower waist. The skin is stretched down and over the newly tightened muscles, excess skin removed, and the navel is brought out through the skin in a natural position. Finally, Dr. Chaudhari will place some drains, close the incisions, and apply sterile surgical dressings over the sutured areas.