Tummy tuck is commonly requested by women who dislike the appearance of their abdomen as a consequence of pregnancy or weight loss.
1. How long is the recovery?
You should be able to go home after two to three days. You should be able to return to your normal activities after one to two weeks. Depending on your type of work, you should be able to return after one to two weeks. The results of an abdominoplasty improve gradually over the first six months.
2. I’m worried about pain.
There is a small degree of pain and discomfort following a tummy tuck procedure but for most, the pain is manageable. Patients should expect bruising post-operatively, these fade within the first six weeks.
3. Will I look natural?
Every effort will be made to give you a natural end result.
4. Can I avoid general anaesthetic?
This procedure is usually performed under general anasthetic.
5. What is the cost?
If you would like a tailored quote, please book an initial consultation to discuss your condition and treatment options with your chosen consultant. Once the initial consultation is complete, you will receive your a tailored quote for your treatment. Please call us on 01709 464200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to receive a guide price for any specific treatments.
Abdominoplasty, more popularly known as tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that involves removal of excess skin and fat, and tightening of abdominal muscles. It differs from liposuction which only addresses excess fat. A tummy tuck is commonly requested by women who dislike the appearance of their abdomen as a consequence of pregnancy. Following pregnancy, the abdominal skin stretches and hangs over, and the abdominal muscles separate. A tummy tuck may also be requested by those who have experienced significant weight loss. Patients who have lost weight through weight loss surgery, may be left with sagging, excess abdominal skin.
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss and is ideally suited for those patients with a stable weight or are at or near their ideal weight. The procedure is also not undertaken for women still planning to get pregnant as pregnancy is likely to separate the abdominal muscle repair. Since tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure it is not recommended for those with significant medical issues or those who are active smokers.
There are different types of tummy tuck and we will advise you on the most suitable procedure as well as the result you can expect.
Full Abdominoplasty – Full Tummy Tuck
A full tummy tuck involves removal of all the skin and fat between the belly button and bikini line as an ellipse. The abdominal muscles are subsequently tightened and the skin pulled down to create a flatter abdomen. The belly button is detached and re-sited in the abdominal skin that has been pulled down. The final scar runs from hip to hip.
Mini abdominoplasty – Mini tummy tuck
This type of tummy tuck is performed when skin laxity and excess fat is predominantly confined to below the belly button. Generally speaking, such patients only have mild to moderate skin and fat excess. The final scar is shorter than that of a full tummy tuck and the belly button is not touched. The abdominal muscles can also be tightened but not as extensively as with a full tummy tuck.
For patients who have both vertical and horizontal skin excess, a full tummy tuck will not adequately address the horizontal excess.
To remove the horizontal excess a central segment of skin and fat is also removed leaving an additional vertical scar. The final scar pattern looks like an upside-down T, resembling a fleur-de-lis symbol. Although the vertical scar will be visible, it is an acceptable tradeoff for an improved abdominal contour.
A fleur-de-lis tummy tuck can be likened to wearing a shirt, in which doing up the buttons brings in the sides of the shirt and tucking in the shirt ensures there is no excess material hanging over the belt line.
Fleur-de-lis tummy tuck is more commonly performed for patients who have experienced massive weight loss, either naturally or through weight-loss surgery.
Brazilian abdominoplasty – Brazilian tummy tuck
A Brazilian tummy tuck is a modification of the full tummy tuck and involves two additional steps; firstly, removal of excess fat by liposuction, secondly tightening of a deep layer under the abdominal skin, in addition to the tightening of the muscles.
This will include how to care for the surgical site and incisions, pain relief that may be used to handle discomfort and when you may resume normal activity.
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Scar / poor scarring – a full tummy tuck scar runs from hip to hip and will initially be red and raised. For some patients it can take a number of months for the scar to settle.
Asymmetry – there is always a risk of asymmetry whenever surgery is performed on both sides of the body. It is important to understand that nearly everyone has some pre-existing asymmetry,
Bruising and swelling – is must be expected but rarely, can persist for several week,
Numbness – numbness over lower abdomen is expected and will gradually return over a number of weeks,
Bleeding and haematoma formation,
Collection of fluid (seroma)– can collect under the skin and will resolve over a few weeks,
Infection – antibiotics will be given at the time of surgery and after to reduce the risk of infection,
Skin necrosis / delayed wound healing – higher risk in smokers,
Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis),
Skin relaxation – after a number of months a small roll or bulge may appear just above the scar. This represents skin relaxation and the roll can be removed with additional surgery at a lower cost.
Pricing & Finance
When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.