What it is:

Removal of excess skin from the abdomen below the belly button

  • People with loose or excess abdominal skin which hangs down to the pubic bone
  • People who get rashes beneath the overhanging skin on their abdomen

* 1.5 hours


You may go home after the procedure; however, some people choose to spend a night in the hospital if the procedure is covered by insurance

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

If the excess abdominal skin hangs down to at least your pubic bone and you have a history of recurring rashes or sores beneath the overhanging skin, insurance may cover the procedure

  • If a drainage tube is inserted, it is 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