Tummy tucks are a cosmetic procedure that aims to remove excessive amounts of sagging skin or tissue around the stomach brought about by pregnancy, massive weight loss or aging. The cosmetic surgery of the abdomen, known as an abdominoplasty, is usually accomplished in three hours.
After an abdominoplasty, it is common to feel tight and experience pain and discomfort in the abdomen, rib cage and back. These symptoms will improve with each passing day. Most tummy tuck patients will experience some pain and swelling in the days following surgery. However, the discomfort can be easily managed with pain medications.