There are generally two types of procedures you can undergo:
Complete abdominoplasty: The surgeon will cut your abdomen from hipbone to hipbone and then contour the skin, tissue, and muscle as needed. The surgery will involve moving your belly button, and for this reason, you may need drainage tubes under your skin for a few days post-surgery. This procedure may take up to five hours to complete.
Partial or mini abdominoplasty: Mini-abdominoplasties are often performed on individuals whose fat deposits are located below the navel. During this procedure, the surgeon most likely will not move your belly button, and the procedure may only take up to two hours, depending on your case.
Depending on which procedure you are undergoing, you will be administered either general, usually for the complete abdominoplasty, or local anesthesia, usually for the partial or mini-abdominoplasty.
You may need to stay overnight in the hospital, depending on your case. Recovery time varies between the two surgeries, and also between patients. Some patients are able to stand up straight within 1-2 weeks, return to exercising within 4 weeks and resume all activities within 8 weeks. Other patients will require more time to reach each of these post-surgical milestones.
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