Looking for a tighter, firmer tummy? Abdominoplasty surgery could be for you!
A tummy tuck can…
- Remove loose skin around the abdomen
- Be arranged after just one or two consultations
- Improve self confidence and self esteem
- Be fairly quick and straightforward for you to undergo
- Tighten abdominal muscles
Ready to talk about your tummy tuck? We’re here to help! Call us now on: 03300 244 858 or email us via our contact page and we’ll be glad to assist you.
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Introduction to Abdominoplasty
Tummy tuck surgery is normally requested following significant weight loss in the abdomen area (after dieting or weight loss surgery), or after multiple pregnancies that have stretched the skin each time.
No amount of dieting will get rid of the loose skin on the abdomen. With exercise you may be able to improve things slightly, but it’s usually after a fitness regime that plastic surgeons see people in their clinics for tummy tucks. A tummy tuck is the common name given to a procedure called an “abdominoplasty”.
An abdominoplasty aims to remove the loose skin on the abdomen and help tighten the muscles around the abdominal area.
This procedure can be performed together with a little liposuction, on the hips for example, to compliment the overall result. Sometimes it is performed as part of a procedure known as a belt lipectomy. This is where excess skin is removed from the sides and back areas as well as the tummy.
At The Consultation
Undergoing a consultation is the first step to be negotiated when having a tummy tuck procedure. Your consultation must be held with a fully qualified plastic surgeon. The consultation should be with the surgeon who is actually going to carry out your procedure. Before you go to the consultation, it’s a good idea to make a list of the questions that you would like to ask.
Expect your consultation to last anything between half an hour and one hour. The length of the consultation is not the most important thing. The main objective is that you come away from the consultation feeling that all of your questions have been answered, and that you feel reassured that you are in the right hands.
At the consultation, your plastic surgeon will ask you what, in your own eyes, you would like to achieve. Try to give your surgeon as clear a picture as possible so that there are no grey areas or doubts.
At some point the plastic surgeon will examine you and make his assessment of what could be achieved with a tummy tuck procedure for you.
He will make notes and probably take a medical history to see if there is any reason why you should not have surgery. In some cases, he may refer you to another specialist or ask your family doctor for more information.
Your plastic surgeon will then discuss the pros and cons of an abdominoplasty with you. He will not only explain what can be achieved, but he will also go on to explain the potential risks and complications of the procedure.
At your consultation you should be provided with a clear explanation of the cost of the operation. It is vital to understand what is included and what is not included in the fee. Sometimes there may be additional charges such as further hospital fees in the event that you have to return for further surgery or treatment. Make sure that you are clear about what you have to pay.
Most plastic surgeons recommend a period of reflection after the consultation. This is basically time for you to think about what has been said. When you feel that you are ready to proceed you can move on to the next stage of the process.
The Abdominoplasty Procedure
When you are ready to proceed with your operation, Moorgate Aesthetics will handle all of the arrangements for you. Our job is to book everything and make the process as smooth as possible for you.
Upon booking you are likely to be provided with a number of different pieces of information. These may include a list of things to bring to the hospital, and a confirmation time for your arrival at the hospital.
You may also be required to attend for certain pre-operative tests before the operation can go ahead. These could include blood tests, ECG and chest X-ray depending on what the surgeon requests in your case.
You will need to start to think about a suitable date for the tummy tuck to take place. Remember that you are going to need around fourteen days off work, depending on the extent of the tummy tuck procedure. If you have young children, you might need some help around the house in the first couple of weeks after the procedure.
Upon admission to the hospital, the anesthetist may see you. For a tummy tuck procedure you will have a general anesthetic. A general Anesthetic means that you will be asleep for the procedure. The operation itself can take between two to three hours, depending on the amount of surgery required – and if you need additional liposuction as part of the overall procedure.
The surgeon uses an incision along the bikini line, and excess skin is trimmed and muscles tightened. He will use a cannula attached to a suction machine to remove any excess fat in the same area, or in the hip area for example if this has been agreed as a suitable complimentary addition afterwards.
When the plastic surgeon is happy that enough skin has been removed to provide the desired results, the operation is over when the wound is sutured together.
It’s a good idea to take some loose fitting clothes with you that you can wear on the way home. As you are likely to have a garment to wear just after surgery, it’s not a good idea to arrive wearing anything too tight. Following a tummy tuck procedure you should expect some discomfort. Pain relief will be available and your nursing team, together with your plastic surgeon, will do everything to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible.
Depending on the advice of your plastic surgeon, you may be asked to remain in hospital for two nights. In cases where only a mini tummy tuck has been carried out, you may be able to go home after one night.
Upon being discharged from the hospital, you will be given clear post-operative instructions to follow carefully. If the plastic surgeon has asked you to take medication, you may be given a prescription to buy the required drugs. Typically patients are put on a course of antibiotics and painkillers.
After The Procedure
In all tummy tuck procedures you should expect a degree of bruising and swelling after the operation. This is normally worse in the first couple of weeks, and it can take some weeks to settle.
You will be advised to take some time off work, again the amount of time will depend on the extent of the surgery performed and the type of tummy tuck that you have had. Usually you will be asked to arrange two weeks off work following a tummy tuck.
It can take several months for the results to show in a tummy tuck procedure. Remember that after the operation you are going to have swelling and bruising which may make the area look just as big as it was before! However, it is fair to say that once the dressing has been taken off, you will be able to see a difference where the redundant skin has been removed.
If you are considering a tummy tuck procedure then it is important to get the right advice before you proceed. If you would like to arrange a consultation for abdominoplasty surgery with a plastic surgeon in your area, please contact us now! You can call us on 03300 244 858, or complete our contact form and we will be in touch with you shortly to discuss the procedures that we provide!
*Pictures courtesy of Surgeon Gary Horn