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Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)

Feeling self-conscious about your figure can make it really difficult to be confident in yourself and can even stop you wearing outfits you’d love to look good in. Having a firm, flat stomach can make a huge difference to the way you feel and when it’s not possible to achieve this through diet and exercise alone, Tummy Tuck surgery can be the right option.

Our Tummy Tuck patients are often mothers who have had children or men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight in a short amount of time.

The first step to a new, more confident you is a consultation with a member from our qualified team. During this initial session, you will be invited to ask all your questions to ensure you are happy and comfortable, we will discuss the procedure itself and our excellent aftercare

Questions often asked by Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) patients

Why might you choose Tummy Tuck surgery?

  • Regain your pre-pregnancy figure
  • Remove the loose skin left behind after significant weight loss
  • Achieve the firm, flat stomach you’ve always wanted
  • Increase your clothing choices
  • Feel happier in saris , trousers and figure-hugging outfit

Is Tummy Tuck surgery (Abdominoplasty) right for me?

It’s important to understand that Tummy Tuck surgery is performed to tighten and remove the loose, excess skin gained from pregnancy or dramatic weight loss, usually leaving the Cosmetic Surgical option regarded as the best solution.

What does the procedure entail and how long does it take?

It is performed under a general anaesthetic and tends to take around two to three hours. You will be required to stay in hospital for one to two nights so your Cosmetic Surgeon can ensure you’re recovering as expected. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will make an incision across the base of your stomach, from hip to hip before repairing, repositioning and tightening the damaged, stretched abdominal muscles with internal stitches. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will then remove any excess skin before pulling the remaining skin into position and stitching back into place.

Am I too old / young for a Tummy Tuck?

As an ethical Cosmetic Surgery provider, we do not perform Cosmetic Surgery on people under 18. We do not set an upper age limit for Tummy Tuck surgery. However, the older we get the longer it takes our bodies to recover, so your Cosmetic Surgeon will assess your current physical health and medical history to ensure you’re fit and well enough to undergo surgery.

Are the results of Tummy Tuck surgery permanent?

The results of Tummy Tuck surgery will last for many years. Our bodies change as we get older, so you may find that your skin loses some of its elasticity.

Should I wait until after I’ve had children to have the procedure?

Because our bodies change dramatically during pregnancy, if you plan to have a family we recommend waiting to have Tummy Tuck surgery. However, this is not a medical requirement and is something you should discuss with your Cosmetic Surgeon.

Do I need to be at my ideal weight before surgery?

Yes. Tummy Tuck surgery is not a recommended weight loss method as it primarily tightens loose skin on the stomach. If you have the surgery then lose a significant amount of weight, you may find that you need to have another Tummy Tuck to remove further loose skin.

Will a Tummy Tuck get rid of stretch marks?

In some cases it can but we can’t guarantee this. Because the surgery involves pulling the skin taut and removing any excess, for some people the appearance of stretch marks can be reduced.

How long will it take me to fully recover?

Full recovery from Tummy Tuck surgery usually takes between six and eight weeks during this time you are required to wear a light support garment. Some bruising and swelling is expected. It’s important that you attend your post-operative follow up appointments. You will need to take up to two weeks off work following Tummy Tuck surgery. It’s likely you will need help with daily chores during the first week to avoid putting unnecessary strain on the lower abdominal area. In the first six weeks you should avoid any strenuous activities.

Will I be left with scars?

The incision will be made as low on the abdomen as possible so any scar will sit below your hip line and be hidden by your underwear or bikini bottoms. The scar will be visible in the first few weeks but should fade quickly until it’s barely noticeable.

What are the risks?

The risks with Tummy Tuck surgery are the same as with any surgical procedure performed under a general anaesthetic. However, your Cosmetic Surgeon will talk you through these before you make any decisions.

Do I need to take any long-term precautions after Tummy Tuck surgery?

You don’t need to take any long-term precautions, however you will need to avoid any strenuous exercise in the first six to eight weeks.

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