A Tummy Tuck, otherwise known as Abdominoplasty Surgery, is a procedure performed to completely remove both excess fat and skin that has lost permanent elasticity creating an abdominal profile that is both smoother and firmer.
Abdominoplasty surgery has long been considered the most popular surgical procedure for patients that have lost complete elasticity in their abdominal skin and also where the inner walls of the abdomen have protruded outwards.
The surgical procedure is suitable for patients with:
Some of the most personal reasons why you may elect this procedure are:
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There are three main types of tummy tuck procedures. The one you have will solely depend on how much skin and fat needs to be removed to achieve your ideal goal. Our surgeon will fully explain which type is most suitable for you.
If you are mainly concerned by a “pouch” or a combination of loose skin and stretch marks just below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck may be a suitable option to consider. This technique involves a single incision made just above the pubic area (bikini line), through which our surgeon will tighten the abdominal wall muscles and remove excess skin to restore a smooth, firmer and flatter abdominal profile.
The benefits to a mini tummy tuck is a thinner scar. The horizontal incision line is usually just a few inches along the bikini line. Benefits also include a shorter procedure which effectively means a swifter recovery.
If the abdominal area is more round with excess skin that’s begun to fold above and below the belly button, a full tummy tuck will be more suitable to fully address. This procedure will complete the full abdominal wall tightening and the full length and height of the skin that has lost elasticity. Performing either a horizontal or U-shape incision, made above the public area (bikini line), our surgeon will remove excess skin, tighten the abdominal muscles and lift the skin . In certain cases, a second incision may be performed around the navel to remove excess skin above the belly button to achieve the most natural looking result.
Scars from a full tummy tuck look similar to those performed in a mini-tummy tuck, but will be slightly longer, running the full width of the bikini line. With that being said, the resulting scar from a full tummy tuck will usually be hidden under a swimsuit bottom. The benefits of a full tummy tuck will include a much flatter and smoother abdomen with a reduction of any pre existing stretch marks. Patients naturally find that fighter dresses and swimsuits have a more smoother abdominal fit.
If you have lost a lot of weight and now have excessive, sagging skin on the front half of your body or, you have a significant protrusion in your abdominal muscles after multiple pregnancies, then an extended tummy tuck may be the most suitable option for you. Much like a Full Tummy Tuck, an extended procedure will also remove excess, hanging skin from the flanks.
Though the incision line becomes slightly longer, patients will certainly want to consider a longer scar against the benefit or a significant improvement to their abdominal profile.
Your consultation is not just to learn about your full procedure, but to also build a strong relationship with your Surgeon to clearly communicate the goals you wish achieve.
During your full consultation with us, our surgeon will fully assess your abdomen whilst in lying down and upright positions and further examine the amount of excess fat on your abdomen and the condition of your abdominal muscles.
Our specialist surgeon will examine whether your abdominal walls need to be tightened as a part of the surgery. This is included in the cost of your surgery and not considered a separate procedure. By tightening the abdominal walls, the subsequent removal of fat and skin on the abdomen will create a significantly flatter and firmer profile. A decision can then be reached to which type of tummy tuck (Mini,Full or Extended) will be the safest and most suitable to achieve the best lasting results.
Our surgeon will fully explain the amount of fat that should be removed and the amount of skin that will be removed and lifted. This discussion with provide you with important information of where incisions are to be made and how hidden they can be within your bikini line.
Your consultation will discuss the full benefits of your procedure as well as the risks of having a Tummy Tuck. Though there are risks in all surgical procedures, your surgeon will meticulously advise you on his techniques and aftercare to ensure a swift and safe recover with minimal risks.
Patients will be treated under general anaesthesia to be completely asleep during the procedure. The surgeon will make a horizontal incision placed just within or slightly above your pubic area. The length of the incision is dependent largely on the amount of skin to be removed during your surgery and what type of tummy tuck has been agreed. The contour of this incision will vary somewhat according to the structure of your abdomen and the style of bathing suit or undergarments that you prefer is taken into consideration. Your surgeon will always try to keep the incision within your bathing suit lines so then can be well hidden.
Your abdominal walls will be tightened before all excess skin and fat are completely removed and you surgeon has achieved the look desired. This surgical procedure takes between approximately 1-2 hours to fully complete.
Upon completion of the procedure, a compression garment will be fitted, to compress all swelling and tighten your skins recovery against the abdominal wall to achieve a firm and flatter abdomen.
Is a Tummy Tuck a solution to weight loss ?
Not quite, Tummy tucks are not ideal for weight loss. Though after full recovery from your surgery it may well appear that you have lost weight on your abdomen. Tummy Tucks are an ideal solution to eliminating excess skin on your abdomen that is resistant to regular exercise and non surgical treatments..
How can I take care of my children?
Tummy tuck surgery is especially popular with mothers after pregnancy, and childcare is considered the most common concern. Because of the limits on lifting and movement, you will need to have full-time help with small children for the first 10 days after a tummy tuck surgery. Trying to lift a 1-2 year old child soon after having a tummy tuck can affect both your recovery and your results. This is due to the risk of stretching the incision sites and possibly leading to prolonged swelling.
You should be capable to resume a number of your parenting duties, such as driving, cooking, and shopping, after the first week. Do ensure you have plenty of assistance carrying shopping bags and other more active jobs.
Is there Scarring after my tummy tuck surgery?
As with most surgical procedures scarring will be visible. In Tummy Tuck surgery an incision is usually placed on the lower abdomen and can be across hip to hip. Our surgeon will assist you in medical Silicone gel products to speed up the fading and softening process of scars. However, the incision is made low on the stomach and is easily covered by undergarments and bikini bottoms. Also, the scar will fade over time.
What care will I be provided after surgery?
You will be required to wear a post surgical compression garment which will aid the healing. The garment will also aid in the final result and stops swelling while preventing fluid build. On departure You will be chauffeur driven home by our clinic if you live within in London.
Tummy tuck aftercare with Berkeley Square Medical is significantly more than all other surgeries. For this reason, we may see you the day after the procedure at the hospital or at your home, again after 7 days and 14 days. Thereafter our surgeon will wish to see you within 3 months and after 12 months.
All patients will be given a dedicated line to contact the clinic if there are any questions or advice for care needed. As apart of the aftercare you will be invited back to Berkeley Square Medical have a follow up appointment with our surgeon or nursing staff at regular intervals after your surgery. Please look at our pre-care and aftercare commitments to all our patients.
How long will the results last?
Unless you gain or lose a significant amount of weight or become pregnant, your abdomen should remain firmer and flatter permanently. However, gravity and the effects of aging will eventually take their toll in your older age.
How long is tummy tuck recovery?
Light activities may be resumed a few weeks after tummy tuck surgery. Full results may not be experienced for up to several weeks; recovery period may vary by patient. You can certainly expect to return to non manual work after 7-10 days and full mobility returns within 4 weeks after surgery, improving every day.
When Can I Go Back to Work?
You should be able to go back to work once your pain is at a level that can be managed with just over-the-counter pain medication after around 3 weeks. After that point most patients will resume mild exercise in the gym.
Is pregnancy after a tummy tuck safe?
Pregnancy following tummy tuck surgery isn’t dangerous, but it is likely to undo the repairs that the Tummy Tuck made. The stomach muscles can once again stretch out, resulting in a similar state that the patient was in prior to surgery.
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