Tummy Tuck Surgery
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, the 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 of 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
- 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
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.
It is performed under a general anesthetic and tends to take around two to three hours. You will be required to stay in the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 are 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.
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.
The risks with Tummy Tuck surgery are the same as with any surgical procedure performed under a general anesthetic. However, your Cosmetic Surgeon will talk you through these before you make any decisions.
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 and you should know about Tummy Tuck Before and After Precautions which are more useful.