An abdominoplasty, or ‘tummy tuck’, is a procedure which helps improve the appearance of the abdomen, by removing excess, stretched skin. Through tightening the muscles around the abdomen, a flatter and leaner profile is achieved. This tummy tuck procedure is typically used when the skin doesn't shrink back to normal size after a pregnancy or significant amount of weight loss.
The abdominoplasty I provide in my London surgery is one of my select number of specialities, as it involves various expert techniques which I've adapted over the years. A combination of liposuction and skin tightening techniques are used in the tummy tuck procedure to improve the definition of the abdomen and waist; Each time, I tailor this method to each patient's own physical features, enabling me to fine-tune the tummy tuck and achieve the best possible results.
Visible changes to the body following pregnancy and weight loss - such as stretched skin and excessive sagging tissue on the abdomen - can effect people in many ways. Be it physically, socially or psychologically. Everyday things we don't typically think about, such as finding well-fitting clothes, can suddenly feel very difficult. People may find themselves being restricted in what used to be rather simple activities; Consequently, causing feelings of upset and unattractiveness.
In many cases, the abdominoplasty can solve these problems by giving you a youthful, smoother and flatter abdomen. This is why thousands of people opt for a tummy tuck in the UK every year.
There are several variations of abdominoplasty procedures. For example: apronectomy, mini-abdominoplasty; standard abdominoplasty, fleur-de-lis; extended abdominoplasty, lipoabdominoplasty with or without muscle plication; hernia repair and others.
The following factors must be considered when deciding the abdominoplasty techniques that are best for you:
Abdominoplasty is an excellent option for improving the shape of the abdomen. However, it is not a substitute for weight loss nor can it correct stretch marks. You must fill following criteria in order to receive the surgery:
The nurse and the anaesthetist will go through some questions with you to ensure you’re ready for surgery. Afterwards, I’ll confirm the planned tummy tuck surgery with you and draw some preparatory markings on your skin.
A dose of antibiotic will be given to you to reduce the risk of infection. You’ll also receive a local anaesthetic in your chest during the operation, to numb your deep tissue.
After waking up from surgery, you may feel tightness around the chest. Though, the local anaesthetic will prevent any significant pain. At this point, the wounds will then be covered with dressings.
The tummy tuck procedure can be performed in London as a ‘day-case surgery’, meaning you will be able to go home on the same day, or with a hospital overnight stay.
You will experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort for the first few days. You should take all the medications as prescribed. The pain is well controlled by taking the painkillers on a regular basis.
It usually takes one to two weeks to get back to day-to-day light activities. It might take up to six weeks to return to full physical activities. You should wear a well-fitted pressure garment and refrain from heavy lifting and physical exercise for 6 weeks after surgery. You must also avoid sit-ups and abdominal muscle exercise for 3 months after surgery.
The nurse checks your wound 10-14 days after you go home, and I see you in the 6-8 weeks following the tummy tuck surgery to check the healing progress.
The final shape and outcome of the tummy tuck operation is assessed 6-8 months thereafter.
That would depend on your aims and expectations, which are measured and discussed during the consultation. Weight reduction by diet and exercise is the best option to get rid of diffused and visceral fat. Liposuction and liposculpture might be a better alternative in those cases where the skin and muscle loosening is minimal. BodyTite™ is a minimally invasive intervention in some mild cases.