Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a “tummy tuck”, is the surgical removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen and waist.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Why is Tummy Tuck Surgery popular and what are the benefits for Men and Women?

It is normal for the skin of your tummy to sag downwards as we age, it is also common for it to bulge outwards as abdominal muscles lose their strength and tone. For women, the most frequent problem is the consequences of multiple pregnancies. Although other reasons in both men and women include results of weight loss, weak abdominal muscles or a hernia. This is where a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty procedure can be of assistance.

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Because of the above, many people are unable to restore their youthful shape even with diet and exercise changes and then 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. Whereas for men, a more athletic, youthful appearance to their stomach.

The Abdominoplasty “Tummy Tuck” Procedure

During the surgery 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 order to define and emphasize the waist. Next, the naval is restructured in its original position.

Loose muscles in the abdomen are then pulled together and tightened, repairing any slackness or a hernia in some cases, producing a desirable flatter tummy as well as a tightened waistline.

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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. In these cases, 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 with a mini-tummy tuck, 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. The result producing a flat stomach and a more defined, strong waistline.

Abdominoplasty FAQ’s

Will my consultation be with a surgeon?

All consultations take place with an expert surgeon who will have years of training in cosmetic surgery. We believe that only a specialised surgeon can help and advise you on the best procedure to achieve the results you would like.

During your initial consultation, one of our surgeons will ask you about the results you are looking for with a tummy tuck and explain the procedure in detail so that you understand every stage of the process. We want you to completely at ease in our care as well as fully aware of the procedure and the resulting enhancement after your consultation.

Our surgeon will cover all areas of the abdominoplasty tummy tuck including:

  • Explaining the procedure to you in full, this includes providing you with information about the expected recovery period and aftercare
  • An explanation of all the possible side-effects, risks and complications
  • An honest assessment of what is a realistic look to achieve and making sure your expectations match what’s possible
  • Explain all your options, whether that’s non-surgical or surgical. Alternatives may be suggested if it’s a better fit for you.

Are your tummy tuck consultations free?

All our consultations are free with no obligation. You will be provided with specialist advice about abdominoplasty and information relevant to achieve the results you desire.

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What will happen after the Tummy Tuck Surgery?

 

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Your surgeon will see you when you have recovered shortly after your surgery to check that all is well. Later, you will be fitted with a firm abdominal garment to provide support, reduce strain and help the healing process. As soon as you are fit to return home (usually the same or the next day) you will be discharged from our clinic and given medication and post-operative aftercare instructions.

Week 1-2

You will need bed rest with limited mobility for the first two or three days after Abdominoplasty surgery. However, gentle mobility is encouraged when you feel ready, 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 if your surgeon says it is okay to do so.

Weeks 6-10

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.

If 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 excellent and long lasting.

What should I consider before a Tummy Tuck?

  • It goes without saying that you should research your surgeon; in order to ensure they have experience in attaining superb professional results with tummy tuck surgery and that they are well qualified. LINIA’s Dr Aslam is extremely experienced in this procedure, with years of training and successful surgeries behind him.
  • We also recommend researching the different types of tummy tuck surgeries and look closely at before and after results of each Doing this will help manage expectations and offers you a realistic look at your potential results from each type of tummy tuck.
  • Make sure you take your time in making a final decision. Cosmetic surgery is always potentially life-changing and should not be rushed in order to create the best possible outcome.
  • Feel free to write down any questions or queries you may have before your During your consultation, ask your surgeon these questions and make sure you’re happy with the answers given. Your surgeon at LINIA will offer professional, honest advice and will be able to provide you with the correct solution for your specific needs.
  • Consider the aftercare process carefully. It is important to ensure there is somebody available to you, that can help you out with daily tasks when you’re unable to do so during the recovery period of your tummy tuck.

* Every patient is a unique individual and every surgery has unique aspects. Therefore, results may vary. To read our full disclaimer please click here.

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