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A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) removes excess skin and fat, and tightens your abdominal muscles
It can involve removing excess loose skin, fat and stretch marks and tightening the abdominal muscles.
It can sometimes be combined with liposuction to help shape and sculpt your abdomen.
The aim is to remove excess loose skin on the tummy that cannot be removed through exercise – for example, excess skin caused by pregnancy or losing a lot of weight.
There are several different types of tummy tuck, but standard abominoplasty the most popular type of tummy tuck, offering successful tummy tuck results.
People can undergo a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck or an extended tummy tuck, as well as other variations of the procedure.
The type you opt for depends on your wants and needs, which you can discuss in detail with your Consultant.
One body contouring altnerative to a tummy tuck is liposuction, but this is not necessarily a fixed alternative. Body countouring is an umbrella term to describe surgeries that reshape your body.
Liposuction only removes fat, whereas abdominoplasty removes fat and skin. It may be performed after your tummy tuck.
Male tummy tucks and female tummy tucks are very similar. Subtle differences depend on the shape of your tummy and the technique used by your Consultant.
Your abdomen should be firmer and have a better shape.
Before a tummy tuck, you might have excess skin or a gap between your abdominal muscles, causing you to feel uncomfortable. Removing this excess skin and fat will help you feel much better.
A tummy tuck also helps with:
If you're considering surgery because you are unhappy with your appearance, or you're feeling physically uncomfortable due to your tummy, then a tummy tuck might be a good option for you.
It is common to feel unhappy with the shape of your abdomen due to: , experiencing significant changes in weight, abdominal surgery, ageing our your natural body type.
You are most likely to benefit from an abdominoplasty if your abdomen makes you feel uncomfortable, or you are self-conscious about what your abdomen looks like.
Your Consultant will carry out a detailed assessment before deciding if surgery is suitable for you.
If you're thinking of going ahead, make sure you're aware of the cost and the fact that it's major surgery, with risks to consider.
Do lots of research and take time to reflect on your decision, you should not base your decision on price alone.
Tummy tuck results are generally considered permanent, but there are some exceptions, such as if you fall pregnant. You can discuss this in detail with your doctor.
You will be left with a slight horizontal scar across your lower tummy, but this will likely heal and fade over time.
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They'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Changing your diet and exercising to lose weight could eliminate the need for a tummy tuck.
Liposuction removes unwanted body fat, but not skin. A tummy tuck removes both excess fat and skin. You can have both liposuction and a tummy tuck, or you could have liposuction without a tummy tuck.
Weight loss and fat loss could eliminate the need for a tummy tuck.
This involves skin tightening and body contouring through certain technologies using non-invasive, non-surgical techniques.
To find out more about tummy tuck alternatives, speak with your Consultant. They can help you make the best decision for you.
Apronectomy is an alternative to tummy tuck surgery or abdominoplasty. It removes the extra or unwanted skin near the lower abdomen, also called the abdominal apron.
The cosmetic surgery experts remove the excess skin and then the wound is closed with stitches. People who are considered overweight, have ageing issues, pregnant, or experienced rapid weight loss can go for apronectomy surgery.
The following are the main techniques that your surgeon may use. They will discuss with you which technique is most appropriate for you.
Before the procedure, your doctor will answer any questions and ease any concerns you might have.
This technique is suitable if you have a lot of excess skin. Your surgeon will make a curved cut from one hip to the other, going down to just above your pubic area. They will remove any excess skin and fat between your pubic area and your umbilicus (belly button).
Your surgeon will cut under the skin above your umbilicus, pulling it downwards and tightening it. Sometimes they will need to reconstruct your umbilicus. In addition, your surgeon may need to tighten the muscles of your abdominal wall.
This tummy tuck procedure is suitable if you have a lot of excess skin hanging downwards and around your abdomen. The procedure is similar to a standard abdominoplasty. Your surgeon will also tighten your waist.
This technique is suitable if you have only a little excess skin. Your surgeon will need to make only a small cut just above the pubic area to remove the excess skin.
These techniques are suitable after significant weight loss, usually as a result of bariatric surgery. Your surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from your sides, abdomen and lower back.
This technique is suitable if you only need to have the muscles of your abdominal wall tightened. Your surgeon will make small cuts and use a flexible telescope (endoscope) with surgical instruments to tighten the muscles of your abdominal wall.
After the procedure, you will be left with a scar running across your lower tummy and, if you had a full abdominoplasty, a scar around your belly button.
It's also common after an abdominoplasty to:
Your clinical team will provide you with pre-operative instruction and help you prepare for surgery in the safest and most efficient way possible. You're in safe hands.
Please bear in mind the general and specific complications regarding this type of operation.
Speak to your Consultant about these risks. They will be able to answer any questions you might have about them.
You should be able to go home after 2 to 3 days and will be able to return to work after 2 weeks, depending on your type of work. It’s important for you to not have sex for 3 weeks, and then be gentle.
The healthcare team will advise you on exercise at home to help keep you at a healthy weight and improve the tone of your abdominal muscles. They will also tell you the best way to manage pain from surgery, treat any tummy tuck scars and maintain your health in general.
The results of an abdominoplasty improve gradually over the first 6 months.
Yes, you can have a baby after a tummy tuck, but it is possible that the results may come undone as a result of this.
If the problem is caused mainly by too much fat, it may be better to have only liposuction, where the fat is sucked out using a small tube.
If you want to find out more about tummy tuck prices and how to pay for a tummy tuck, you can call us for advice on 0808 301 7490 or book your tummy tuck online with one of our esteemed plastic surgeons.