What it is:

Removal of excess skin around the lower abdomen and back, with elevation of sagging buttock tissue

People with:

  • Loose or excess skin on their abdomen and flanks who also have sagging buttocks
  • A separation between the muscles in the middle of their abdomen (diastasis)

* 4 hours


No, although some people are more comfortable staying 23 hours for observation

Average is 1 week; some people may return to work or school in less than a week, while others can take 2 weeks to recover

  • Return immediately to non-strenuous activities which do not raise your heart rate or blood pressure, and won’t result in breaking into a sweat
  • Resume strenuous activities in two weeks with the exception of heavy lifting
  • No heavy lifting (nothing more than 10 pounds) for 6 weeks

No, but hernia repairs performed during the procedure often are covered by insurance

  • If drainage tubes are inserted, they are usually removed 1 to 2 weeks after surgery
  • You will need to wear an abdominal binder for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery
  • You may shower 48 hours after surgery
  • There are no stitches to remove

* Times may vary since each case is unique

** Check with your health care provider about your specific restrictions