During your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health, determine the extent of fat deposits in your abdominal region, and carefully assess your skin tone. There are different kinds of procedures that your surgeon might recommend based on the extent of your fat deposits. If, for example, your fat deposits are limited to the area below the navel, you may require a less complex procedure called a partial abdominoplasty, also known as a mini-tummy tuck. This procedure can often be performed on an outpatient basis. On the other hand, you may benefit more from partial or complete abdominoplasty done in conjunction with liposuction to remove fat deposits from the hips for a better body contour. Or maybe liposuction alone would create the best result.
Be sure to tell the surgeon if you smoke and if you're taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs. You should arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to help you out for a day or two after you leave the hospital.