An abdominoplasty, also known as a ‘tummy tuck’, can remove surplus and/or overhanging skin and fat from the abdomen, usually caused as a result of pregnancy or weight loss, to create a flatter and firmer profile. This is not a procedure for losing weight but a way of removing excess skin which doesn’t respond to exercise or diet. The procedure can also be carried out in conjunction with contouring liposculpture.
A horizontal incision is made along the bikini line, through which excess fat and skin is removed and any weakened muscles repaired. The navel will also be re-positioned.
In less extreme cases, a mini abdominoplasty, where excess fat and skin is removed from the lower abdomen only, may be sufficient.
Performed under general anaesthetic, a horizontal incision is made along the bikini line, through which excess fat is removed and any weakened muscles repaired. An incision will also be made around the navel to free it from the surrounding tissue and allow it to be re-positioned. The layer of skin and fat will be stretched back down and the excess below the incision will be removed. A new hole will be created for the navel.
Any invasive treatment carries its own risks and complications. Also, every procedure has limitations and the risks should be compared to the potential benefits before undergoing a surgical procedure.
Possible risks and complications include:-
Recovery time after having a tummy tuck procedure can vary between patients. Patients will be unable to straighten fully for the first two weeks, although the second week will be progressing towards a full extension.
Pain, bruising and swelling may be noticeable for several weeks. Strenuous work or exercise should be avoided for 4-6 weeks and abdominal muscle exercises avoided for 3 months.
The scars will, in most cases, fade and improve over time but can be red or pink for a year or more.
The results may be affected by significant weight gain/loss or pregnancy and without diet/exercise, the pre-operative condition might return.
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