Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck surgery)

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck surgery)

About Abdominoplasty

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Abdominoplasty or better known as tummy tuck surgery is a common cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of the stomach area and make the abdomen more firm.

There are a number of reasons that contribute to the development of loose skin, fat deposits and stretch marks in the abdominal region such as:

  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Variations in weight
  • Inherited genetic traits
  • Substantial weight loss

These problems typically persist despite proper diet and exercise and they can make the abdomen appear disproportionate to the rest of the body.

A tummy tuck procedure removes loose skin and fat deposits as well as some stretch marks from the abdominal region below the umbilicus.

In addition, abdominal muscles and fascia that have stretched and weakened over time or as a result of  multiple pregnancies are tightened, restoring the appearance of a firmer, flatter abdomen.

Our before and after abdominoplasty will give you an idea of the results other patients experienced.

To further improve the abdominal contour, tummy tuck surgery can be performed with liposuction (lipoplasty), although it is best to perform liposuction a few months after abdominoplasty.

This delay provides a cosmetic surgeon with a better picture of the areas that require improvement and decreases the possibility of complications associated with damage to the circulation of the skin.

Find out more about liposuction in the UK.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your tummy, call us 07425 162493  to book a confidential consultation with our surgeon or fill in our contact form.

Before, During and After Abdominoplasty

Before Abdominoplasty

Before abdominoplasty, patients must talk to their surgeon about the results they can anticipate to ensure realistic expectations.

It is vital to note that an abdominal reduction should not be considered as a treatment for obesity, or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. Individuals considering a tummy tuck should be healthy and relatively fit.

You must also inform your surgeon about any medical problems or medication you are taking.

The following preparations several weeks before your abdominoplasty could help decrease the risk of any complications:

  • Follow a healthy, balanced diet
  • Perform regular, light exercise
  • Stop smoking
  • Limit alcohol intake

While your surgeon will attempt to place the tummy tuck incision so that a bathing suit or undergarments will hide it, it is important to realise that you will have a permanent visible scar.

Every operation has limitations and carries a risk of complications. Your surgeon will discuss these in detail during your consultation.

During Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy tuck surgery lasts approximately three hours. Incision guidelines are drawn prior to the operation and the procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic.

Full abdominoplasty typically requires two incisions: An incision just above the pubic area on the “Bikini Line” that spans from one hip to the other, and a second incision around the belly button if necessary. The extent of the treatment and contours of one’s body dictates the type and length of incision used.

The incisions will be closed using sutures. Typically dissolving stitches beneath the skin and a type of skin adhesive is used, but in some cases non-dissolving stitches might be needed, which will be removed in seven to 14 days. The scars from the incisions will fade slowly over several months, but it may take up to one year for them to refine completely.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your tummy, call us 07425 162493  to book a confidential consultation with our surgeon or fill in our contact form.

After Abdominoplasty

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After Abdominoplasty, the length of your stay in hospital will typically be two nights.

As with any surgery, after a tummy tuck you will most likely experience some pain and swelling. The majority of the swelling will likely subside within a few days. However, some swelling may persist for several weeks.

In most cases the wearing of a compression garment will be necessary. A compression garment is similar to a girdle, which provides a tight-fit over the abdominal reduction region, helping to reduce swelling by preventing fluid build up, as well as providing comfort and support as you heal.

Depending on the extent of the tummy tuck surgery, you may have to wear the compression garment up to several weeks.

While you may not be able to stand fully upright, it is important that you begin to walk for short periods soon after your procedure to facilitate blood flow to your legs and avoid deep vein thrombosis.

Your stitches may dissolve with time. However non-dissolving stitches will be removed a few days after your operation.

The effectiveness and longevity after abdominoplasty treatment may be decreased with:

  • Future pregnancies,
  • Substantial changes in weight following the tummy tuck surgery, as well as
  • The presence of scars from prior surgeries.

Pre-op photograph of a patient with lax abdominal wall and devarication of the recti muscles after pregnancy.

Post-op photograph after repair of the abdominal muscles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read what others have to say about their surgery results.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your tummy, call us 07425 162493  to book a confidential consultation with our surgeon or fill in our contact form.