Abdominoplasty, also known as a ‘tummy tuck’, is a cosmetic procedure to remove excess fat and skin with the aim to flatten your stomach by tightening your abdominal muscles.
You may have been left with folds of skin after pregnancy or after losing weight or it could be from the natural ageing process that you have been unable to move with dieting or exercise. Whatever the reason, an abdominoplasty could give you a slimmer, more shapely figure.
What happens during the operation
Incisions are made across the lower abdomen and around the tummy button. Excess skin and fat is removed and stretched, muscles are pulled together and stitched back in place tightening the muscles and reducing the waistline. The remaining skin is then pulled down and a new hole is made for your tummy button.
The operation is performed under general anaesthetic. It is not possible to remove a fold of tissue without creating scars. Your will be left with a long scar which should be able to be concealed under your underwear. You will also have a scar around your tummy button.
Brazillian tummy tuck
We are pleased to be able to offer a Brazilian tummy tuck which is less invasive.
In this procedure excess skin and fat can be removed, abdominal contours and scars improved, and the muscles tightened. Different combinations are combined in the various procedures.
In the mini-abdominoplasty/Brazilian surplus skin below the umbilicus is removed leaving a low abdominal scar at the level of the pubic hair. The umbilicus is not disturbed but liposuction is usually carried out at the same time as the procedure to reduce the thickness of fat in the abdominal wall and any laxity or hernia of the abdominal wall is repaired at the same time.
Aftercare and recovery
Your surgeon will arrange any follow-up appointments and will give you advice on exercise. Depending on the technique used, you may have to wear a support garment for several weeks following tummy tuck surgery. Generally stitches will be removed in stages over one to two weeks.
Recovery time after tummy tuck surgery varies from person to person. You may be able to go back to non-strenuous work anywhere from two to three weeks after surgery. You may even be able to resume most of your normal activities after just four weeks, including some form of mild exercise.
The bruising and most of the swelling will disappear over a period of two to three weeks after tummy tuck surgery. However, it may be some time before all swelling subsides and you see the final results.
The best results of an abdominoplasty will happen if you keep to a healthy weight and exercise regularly. The results of an abdominoplasty improve gradually over the first six months.
Risks and complications
It’s important that as well as the benefits of cosmetic procedures you are also fully aware of any risks and/or complications that are associated with surgery.
Although “tummy tucks” are considered safe procedures, as with any other type of surgery, different complications may arise. In rare cases complications such as blood clots, thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications or infection may arise.
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