Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, is an operation that will flatten and firm up your abdomen.
Our expert Consultant Plastic Surgeon can:
- Define the body contours of the abdomen
- Remove overhangs
- Reposition the belly button
- Tighten and smooth the skin
- Help to improve body confidence
How would an Abdominoplasty benefit me?
As we age, our life experiences impact the look and feel of our bodies. Pregnancy, caesarean sections and/or weight loss can create loose skin around the abdomen which cannot be reduced through diet or exercise alone. Excess skin in this area can greatly affect self-esteem which makes it very difficult to feel self-confident and can even stop you from wearing clothing which you would love to wear but daren’t. If you would like your tummy to be flatter and firmer then an abdominoplasty could be the solution for you.
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An initial consultation will give you the opportunity to talk to your Consultant Plastic Surgeon about why you want surgery and what result you would like to achieve. Our surgeon will examine your tummy and skin carefully and may take some photographs. A full medical history will be taken to assess your suitability for surgery and your options will be discussed.
An abdominoplasty is performed under general anaesthetic and takes around two and a half hours.
An incision is made across the abdomen from hip to hip. This incision generally follows the bikini line but its final position depends on the amount of skin which is required to be removed. A second hip to hip incision is then made above the belly button and the excess skin is removed. This exposes the muscles of the abdomen which, if required, can be pulled together. The belly button is cut out separately and kept in position. The wound is closed and the belly button brought through a new hole.
Abdominoplasty Recovery and Aftercare
After an abdominoplasty operation you can usually go home two or three days after surgery.
When you are first able to stand up your tummy will feel tight and you will be hunched over a little. This feeling will improve over the first week but it is very important not to over stretch as this could burst the stitches.
An appointment with a nurse will be made around ten days after surgery to check your dressings and wounds. It is important to keep your dressing dry to allow the wounds to heal.
Some swelling is normal and will settle over the first few months.
It is usually possible to return to work after the first few weeks although if your work involves heavy activity it is advised to avoid this and any sport for six weeks. It is advisable to wear high waisted, supportive pants also for six weeks.
Follow up appointments will be scheduled to check on your progress.
Risks associated with Abdominoplasty Surgery
Like all types of surgery, there are some risks associated with abdominoplasty surgery.
Although the risks are unlikely, it is very important to weigh them up against the benefits of the surgery. A consultation with your surgeon will help you to choose the right procedure and discuss any possible complications.
For further information on the procedure please visit the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) website here.