Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Department of Plastic Surgery

(909) 558-4176

Procedure: Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall.

Length: two to five hours.

Anesthesia: General, or local with sedation.

In/outpatient: Either depending on individual circumstances and extent of surgery.

Side effects: Temporary pain; swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, tiredness for several weeks or months.

Risks: Blood clots; infection; bleeding under the skin flap; poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss; need for a second operation.

Recovery: Back to work: two to four weeks. More strenuous activity: four to six weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars: three months to two years.


Preoperative appearance   Skin dissection
Muscle tightening   Removal of excess skin
Postoperative appearance    

Actual patient photographs available at time of consult.