A tummy tuck, also known as a abdominoplasty, involves removing fat and excess skin as well tightening the muscles in the tummy area. Factors such as natural ageing, weight loss and pregnancy can cause a build up of excess skin and damaged the abdominal muscles. This surgery is suitable for both men and women.
Prior to your surgery you will meet with your surgeon where you will discuss the reasons for wanting surgery, your expected aesthetic outcome and an assessment will be made on whether you are suitable for it. It may be suggested that you require a mini tummy tuck as opposed to a full procedure. This surgery is not suitable for those wanting to lose weight, as it should be carried out once the target weight is reached.
A full tummy tuck involves an incision being made across the lower tummy, usually from hip to hip and then another around the belly button. Once the skin has been separated from the abdominal wall the muscles are then tightened and fat and excess skin removed. The belly button is then repositioned and the incisions stitched. A mini tummy tuck is much less invasive and involves an incision being made across the lower tummy, the skin separated from the abdominal wall, excess skin and fat being cut away and then the incision stitched. With a mini tummy tuck the tummy muscles and belly button are left in situ.
Both the full and mini tummy tuck are carried out under general anaesthetic and can take between 2 and 4 hours. You will be required to stay in hospital for 1 night if you have a mini tummy tuck and 2 nights after a full tummy tuck. We recommend you take at least 4 weeks off from work and the first 2 weeks will require you to rest so you may need to arrange suitable care at home and childcare. You should expect to resume most normal duties after 6 weeks. Your wounds will be checked by nurse after a week and you will be given a compression bandage that you will be required to wear. You will normally have dissolvable stitches and you will be advised how to keep the area clean and dry during your recovery.
You will advised on the final price for your tummy tuck during your consultation with your surgeon. The price will depend on a number of factors including whether you have a full or mini tummy tuck and if you are having other procedures at the same time such as liposuction.
As with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications. These will be discussed with you before any surgery takes place, along with your medical history and you will be provided with comprehensive information in relation to your specific procedure that you can take away and reflect over after your consultation. Don’t forget our friendly team are here to answer any questions you may have.