Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging.
The most common causes of this include:
- Prior surgery
- Significant fluctuations in weight
The benefits of surgery:
- Removes excess fat and skin
- Restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer
- Slimmer, firmer tummy that you’ll be happy to show off with confidence
There are two main types of abdominoplasty, called ‘mini’ and ‘full’. Liposuction is sometimes used in combination to achieve the best results. These operations are carried out under a general anaesthetic. The length of the operation will depend on the extent of the surgery, but it could take up to three hours. The best method to achieve your goals will be discussed prior to surgery.
In a mini abdominoplasty, an incision is made across the lower abdomen (bikini line). Then the skin is separated from the abdominal wall, excess fat and skin removed. The remaining skin is then pulled together and stitched.
For a full abdominoplasty, an incision is made across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area. Then a second incision is made to free the belly button from the tissue that surrounds it and the skin is separated from the abdominal wall. The abdominal wall muscles are tightened if required. A new hole is cut for the belly button, and it is stitched back into place. Finally, the remaining skin is pulled down and stitched together.
After the procedure, you may need to stay for at least one to three nights after surgery. The wound will be reviewed after seven days and you will need to wear a supporting corset for one to four weeks to encourage your skin to heal properly around the affected area.