Tummy Tuck

Get the flatter, firmer tummy you've always wanted

What is a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery, also called abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin from the stomach. It can also tighten weakened or separated muscles, creating a smoother and firmer profile.

Who is a candidate for a tummy tuck?

In general, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck if:

  • You're struggling with pesky skin or stretch marks around your stomach despite proper diet and exercise
  • You've been at a stable goal weight for at least six months
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You're a non-smoker

What to expect when getting a tummy tuck

Before the procedure:

  • You may need to get lab tests or a medical evaluation.
  • You may need to take certain medications or adjust your current medications.
  • You'll need to stop smoking
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, as they can increase bleeding.

During the procedure:

  • The surgery will take approximately three hours.
  • You'll be given anesthesia to sleep during the surgery.
  • The surgeon will make an incision in your abdomen and remove excess skin and fat.
  • The surgeon may also tighten your abdominal muscles and/or perform some liposuction to better contour your abdomen.
  • The incision will be closed with sutures.

After the procedure:

  • You'll be taken to the recovery room where you'll be monitored for any complications.
  • You may experience pain, swelling and bruising around your abdomen.
  • You'll be given pain medication to help manage your pain.
  • You'll be able to go home the same or next day if no complications arise.
  • You'll need to wear a compression garment for several weeks to help support your abdomen as it heals.
  • Avoid strenuous activity for several weeks.
  • Your surgeon's team will schedule a follow-up to check your progress.
  • Your tummy tuck scar may take several months or up to a year to fade.

Benefits of a tummy tuck

Beyond a tummy tuck's improvements to your appearance, it can be a mental game-changer and reduce certain types of pain.

  • Flatter, firmer stomach: Within two weeks of your procedure, you'll notice a flatter, firmer contour that's more proportionate to your body type and weight.
  • Reduced back pain: By tightening the muscles of your abdomen, a tummy tuck can help to alleviate back pain caused by weak or separated muscles. This can greatly enhance your daily comfort and mobility.
  • Improved posture: A tummy tuck can help correct your posture. This can lead to better alignment of your spine, reducing strain on your back and neck muscles.
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Personalized approach

You're one of a kind. We believe your care should be, too. That's why we get to know the full you — your goals and personal preferences. So we can craft a tummy tuck plan from surgery to recovery that fits you like a glove.

Experience and expertise

Our tummy tuck team has performed hundreds of successful procedures. Their track record and manner of care make for an exceptional experience with high-quality results.

Safety above all

Doing what's best for your body always comes first. It starts with a healthy dose of conversation. Our team will be by your side to explore options and any related risks up-front, so you can make the most informed decision.

Connected care

We work closely with our broader team of WellSpan specialists, like primary care doctors and nutritionists for connected care that feels seamless.

Making "the details" easy

We try to save you time whenever possible. Like virtual check-ins and MyWellSpan for simple scheduling, messaging your surgical team and easy access to test results.