Tighten the appearance and improve the comfort of the abdomen.A tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) involves the removing of excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen (tummy) and tightening the muscles to improve the shape of the area.
Why a Tummy Tuck?The procedure is often an effective option for those who would like to achieve a more pleasing shape and defined waist, and for those who would like to improve areas that have proven resistant to diet and exercise. A tummy tuck produces good results on patients who would like to get rid of some post-pregnancy fat, or those who have lost a significant amount of weight and would like to get rid of excess skin.
What is the procedure?During the surgery, which generally takes two to three hours to complete, a wedge of tissue (including both fat and skin) is removed from the lower abdomen, just above the pubic hairline to the level of the belly button. The muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened, and a final incision is made from one hip bone to the other, just above the pubic hairline. Patients can expect some scarring in this area following surgery as well as near the belly button.
Recovery after surgery
- Patients most commonly require a hospital stay of one-two nights
- Most people allow three weeks offer work; however, you may require additional time if your job is more physically demanding – this can be discussed with your surgeon.
- Gradually increase mobility and activity; generally, back to most normal day to day activities at two weeks.
Risks to consider
- Bleeding/Haematoma – This may need a return to the operating theatre to evacuate a blood clot. This can impact on wound healing or skin survival. Infection in the wound – if this does occur, it can usually be cleared up with antibiotic tablets.
- Scars – Typically are at their thickest and reddest at 6-10 weeks after surgery. Scars continue to mature and improve for up to 18 months after surgery. Scar management advice will be discussed in your follow up visit with Mr White to assist in achieving the goal of a thin, barely noticeable scar.
- Anaesthetic – In otherwise well people, general anaesthesia is very safe with modern techniques. Mr White’s staff will give you the details of your anaesthetist prior to surgery to discuss any specific concerns.