Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “tummy tuck”, is the surgical removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen and waist.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Why is Abdominal Reduction Surgery popular and what are the benefits?
It is normal for the skin of your tummy to sag downwards with the passage of time, and for it to bulge outwards as muscles lose their strength and tone. For women, the problem is most frequently a consequence of multiple pregnancies, but in men and women it can also be a result of weight loss, weak abdominal muscles or a hernia.
Once these changes have occurred, many people are unable to restore their youthful shape even with diet and exercise and turn to abdominal reduction surgery as an answer. A tummy tuck flattens and tones a saggy, protruding abdomen and gives the tummy a flatter, more attractive contour and – for women – a more shapely, feminine waistline.
The Abdominoplasty Procedure
An incision is made across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area, and another below the navel to free the surrounding skin. Liposuction is performed in the abdominal area and the waist and the skin is draped downwards in such a way that the waist is emphasized and defined. The naval is restructured in its original position. Loose muscles in the abdomen are then pulled together and tightened, repairing any slackness or hernia, producing a flatter tummy and a tightened waistline.
Mini Abdominoplasty or Mini Tummy Tuck
Patients with good muscle tone and minimal excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen may benefit from a “Mini-Abdominoplasty” procedure. An incision is made across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area, and another below the navel to free the surrounding skin. The navel is not disturbed, and liposuction is usually carried out at the same time to reduce the thickness of fat in the abdominal wall. Loose muscles in the lower abdomen are then pulled together and tightened, repairing any slackness or hernia, producing a flatter tummy and a tightened waistline.
Will my consultation be with a surgeon?
All consultations take place with a surgeon. We believe that only a surgeon can help and advise you on the best procedure to achieve the results you would like.
During your initial consultation, we will ask you about the results you are looking for and explain the procedure so that you understand every stage of the process. The most important thing is that you feel completely at ease in our care and fully aware of the procedure and the resulting enhancement.
Are your consultations free?
All of our consultations are free with no obligation. You will be provided with advice and information relevant to achieve the results you desire.
What will happen after the Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Your surgeon will see you when you have recovered to check that all is well. Later on you will be fitted with a firm abdominal garment to provide support and reduce strain. As soon as you are fit to return home (usually the same or the next day) you will be discharged and given medication and post-operative instructions.
Bed rest with limited mobility for next two or three days after Abdominoplasty surgery is recommended. However, gentle mobility is encouraged as it helps to speed the healing process. Deep breathing exercises are also recommended.
Between 7 and 10 days after tummy tuck surgery you will also receive a check up and you can gradually build up your level of non-strenuous activity after this time
You may begin a light exercise programme around eight weeks after surgery to reduce swelling and improve muscle tone. Strenuous exercise, however, should be avoided until your surgeon advises you otherwise.
Your surgeon will see you again, usually 8-10 weeks after the procedure for a full post-operative consultation.
As long as you keep your weight relatively constant, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and follow your surgeon’s instructions on resuming physical activity, the long-term results from Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery are generally excellent.