Tummy tuck explained
Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure performed to reshape the tummy area. The procedure involves the removal of excess fat and skin, and the tightening of the muscles, to leave patients with a more aesthetically pleasing and well-defined abdomen.
The tummy tuck procedure is used to remove loose skin from the abdominal area that can’t be removed through traditional exercise or dieting. People who usually opt for this procedure are those who have gone through a period of rapid weight loss and woman who have given birth and are left with loose skin.
Tummy tuck is particularly popular with new mums who have gained a significant amount of weight during pregnancy, and lost it as quickly post-pregnancy. This rapid change in weight can cause the skin to stretch and loose its shape permanently.
If you’re someone effected by this, you may be feeling self-conscious and lose your confidence because you no long feel comfortable in your own skin. It may lead to a change in behaviour which prevents you from wearing the clothes you like because you’re not happy with your figure. Regaining a flat stomach can make a difference in the way you feel and if regular exercise and dieting isn’t quite working, tummy tuck may be an option worth exploring.
Some people who choose to undergo a tummy tuck surgery also opt to combine it with liposuction to remove unwanted fats from difficult areas. Both these treatments, combined or individually, are used to enhance shape and are not a weight loss treatment.
Why have a tummy tuck?
Here are some reasons why people choose to have a tummy tuck:
- Remove excess skin
- Gain a firm, flat stomach
- Feel more confident
- Feel less self-conscious
- Be comfortable wearing the clothes you like.
What does tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) involve?
There are two forms of tummy tuck procedure, partial and full tummy tuck. Both of which are performed under general anaesthetic and take between 2-5 hours to complete. After the procedure you will be required to stay at the hospital for a few days for post-surgery assessment.
What is involved in a partial tummy tuck?
For a partial tummy tuck your surgeon will start by making a large cut across the lower stomach area, separating the skin from the abdomen just under the belly button. This will be followed by the removal of fat and loose skin and finally stitched together.
What is involved in a full tummy tuck?
The full tummy tuck requires two large incisions, one in the lower stomach just above the pubic area going from hip to hip. The second incision is required around the belly button to free it and allow for repositioning. Just like in the partial tummy tuck, skin is separated from the abdominal wall, excess skin and fat is removed and the abdominal muscles are aligned. The belly button is repositioned and the remaining skin is stitched back into place.
After your tummy tuck and recovery
Immediately after your procedure you will be required to stay in hospital for a few days for your surgeon to observe your condition and to make sure you’re recovering well. Following your discharge, you must rest and allow your body to recover. You will not be able to work or exercise for 6 weeks. Full recovery will take around six to eight weeks by which time you should be able to see the outcome of the procedure.
You will be required to wear a protective corset to help with the healing process.
Your surgeon should arrange follow up appointments to check your process.
Risks and side effects of tummy tuck
Like most medical procedure, there are risk associate to tummy tuck surgery. Your surgeon will go through these with you during the consultation period before any decision or commitment is made.
Here are some side effects you may experience after your surgery:
- A tight feeling in your belly, which will improve over time. This may make it hard for you to stand up.
- Discomfort and pain
- Numbness in and around the treated area
- Swelling around the treated area
- Some scarring which should fade over time
If, after the procedure, you feel you have encountered a serious problem or the outcome is not what you were promised, and the results are not what you expected, reach out to your surgeon.
Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.
Who is tummy tuck surgery for?
Tummy tuck is for people who want to remove excess skin and fat, and restore weakened muscles to gain a more flat and firm abdomen.
Some reasons why people choose to have tummy tuck surgery:
- Significant change in weight
- Prior surgery
Who isn’t it for?
Tummy tuck isn’t a weight loss procedure and should not be considered as an alternative to exercise or dieting.
A tummy tuck may improve the appearance of stretchmarks to some degree, but is not a procedure to correct stretchmarks.
For the outcome of the procedure to last it’s up to the individual to maintain their figure. If you’re planning to lose weight or have more children this procedure is not recommend.
Things to consider before your procedure
Opting for any form of cosmetic surgery requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome. As we’ve pointed out earlier, every surgery, big or small, contains some level of risk.
Once your mind is made up, are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?
Here are some things you should think about:
- If you have children, do you need childcare?
- Do you have adequate space to recover?
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
- How long do you need to take off work?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- Can you maintain the results of your tummy tuck?
- When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
How much does tummy tuck surgery cost?
The amount your tummy tuck procedure costs will vary depending on a few factors. These include the hospital or clinic you choose, the geographic location, the extent of the procedure, whether it is combined with any other procedure, etc.
According to figure from the NHS the typical cost of a tummy tuck in the UK is £4,500 to £6,000. This may not always include the cost of consultation or aftercare so please ask.
Other online sources indicate a price range from £2,500 to £9,000 with a median average cost of £5,500 for a tummy tuck in the UK.
Treatment Cost Abroad:
Croatia: From £3,800
Czech Republic: From £1,800
Turkey: Please Enquire
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About Tummy Tuck Surgery
Tummy tuck, also commonly known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to reshape the abdominal area. The procedure involves removing excess fat and skin, and tightening of muscle around the tummy.
Tummy tuck surgery is generally carried out on people who have lost a significant amount of weight or women after pregnancy. Having a soft saggy tummy can be a cause for concern for some people, which can result in feeling self-conscious about your body.
The results of the procedure are generally received positively by both men and women. Regaining a flat stomach can make a difference in the way you feel and behave.
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