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TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY)

Abdominoplasty, also known as a Tummy Tuck, is the cosmetic surgery term for abdominal surgery, or tummy tuck procedure. The aim is to tighten the stomach to reveal firmer skin, and a flatter tummy.

When to choose Abdominoplasty?

The immeasurable value placed on being slim and having toned skin makes abdominoplasty a very popular choice, as it can achieve incredible results with minimal surgery which can completely transform a person’s life.

Whilst almost anyone can benefit aesthetically from a tighter stomach and thinner figure, the most outstanding results are achieved in circumstances in which the patient experienced loose skin, a protruding abdomen or build-up of fatty tissue.

Abdominoplasty can provide results to anyone but the most suitable candidates are those who experience:

  • Excess or sagging abdominal skin: This is a common side effect of weight-loss or giving birth. After skin has been significantly stretched, it can be hard or perhaps impossible in some cases to restore it without surgery.
  • A protruding stomach or abdomen: This can be hereditary and can lead to excessive build-ups of fatty tissue or skin on the stomach area. Individuals are built differently and therefore store fat in areas specific to them. It can even be hard to target these areas with exercise alone.
  • Weakened abdominal muscles: The effect of childbirth can often lead to the weakening, separation of a person’s abdominal muscle wall. During pregnancy, muscle walls are warped and separated in unpredictable ways. As these muscles are essential to mobility and body support, it is vital that they fully heal after giving birth. In some instances they do not, and it is in these instances, corrective surgery can help.
  • Stretch marks: A very common side effect of rapid growth or weight gain, notably pregnancy. Although they pose no health risk and do not necessarily require operations. However, they vary in severity and can look unattractive and be a big source of insecurity hence a person’s want to remove them. Depending on where they are situated it may be possible for abdominoplasties to remove them, and as such it is common for a person to choose to undergo surgery to remove stretch marks in addition to a flatter stomach and tighter skin.

In your initial consultation a surgeon, you will be informed of the advantages, disadvantages and any potential complications of tummy tuck surgery. They will ask whether you have any plans for future pregnancies or weight loss. It is recommended that type of surgery is not committed to until after you have finished having children and considering further weight loss. Abdominoplasty should be considered as the finishing touches on your body.

As there are many individual factors to consider, results will differ from person to person. In order to accurately ascertain what you may achieve, you should book a consultation session with one of our experts.

How an Abdominoplasty Works

An abdominoplasty will involve at least one incision, but may require more depending on the individual circumstance. The general process is as follows:

  • A general anaesthetic or I/V will be administered depending on the complexity of the surgery.
  • An incision will be made around the pelvic area. The location will be largely dependent on the quantity of skin which requires removal, if stretch marks need to be removed and how simple the concealment of the scar will be with underwear.
  • Where required, a second incision will be made above the navel. This is commonplace for patients with excess skin above the bellybutton.
  • Excess skin will be removed and stubborn sub-dermal fat deposits will get liposuctioned out.
  • Underlying abdominal muscles will be tightened with stitches if required. This is most frequently for the case in patients that have given birth or experienced a significant amount of weight loss in the past.
  • The incisions will then be stitched and bandages applied.

The entire operation takes approximately two to three hours, and you can feel safe in the knowledge that your anaesthetist will be beside you for the entirety of the surgery. Recovery time is largely dependent on the individual patient and the surgical parameters, but you will be able to walk and move around normally within five days of the operation, even after undergoing some of the most extensive abdominoplasty.

The entire operation takes approximately two to three hours, and you can feel safe in the knowledge that your anaesthetist will be beside you for the entirety of the surgery. Recovery time is largely dependent on the individual patient and the surgical parameters, but you will be able to walk and move around normally within five days of the operation, even after undergoing some of the most extensive abdominoplasty.

How to get started

The first thing to do is make yourself familiar with the procedure, and have your needs assessed by an expert, you can contact us online to speak with one of our professionals. They will assist you in taking the next steps towards a slimmer, fitter and all-round healthier body.

Comparing results

Common concerns

Patients will stay in hospital for a few nights and be discharged with an abdominal garment/binder. This compression garment should be worn throughout the recovery process. Drains will be placed in the abdomen while in hospital. For the first few days after surgery, patients should rest and only go for light walks to improve circulation. Patients should designate a person to care for them and to help them move around. Light activity and work may be resumed after two weeks. Normal physical activity should be avoided for at least eight weeks.

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