Tummy Tuck: Tone and Tighten Your Stomach Our tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a popular procedure done with liposuction to narrow the waist, thin out the fatty layer, and tighten the stomach wall with internal suturing. This procedure also tightens stomach skin and improves your abdominal contour. All tummy tucks are usually performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting: Standard abdominoplasty tightens all of the abdominal wall skin and muscles, leaving behind a standard-sized scar A mini-abdominoplasty tightens the lower abdominal wall skin only and leaves the shortest scar Modified abdominoplasty addresses conditions where just the muscle wall or just the abdominal skin requires repair What to Expect After Your Abdominoplasty Abdominoplasty can be one of the more uncomfortable plastic surgery procedures and generally requires a more time-consuming recovery. An overnight stay in a hospital setting is required for this procedure. You will then go home with drains that will be taken out in the office in one to two weeks. You will be encouraged to move and walk regularly within one to two days. It is also important that you stay hydrated following this surgery. Light activity becomes comfortable in 10 to 20 days, though sports will not be comfortable for about six weeks. Questions? Get Fast Answers from a Patient Coordinator!