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Tummy Tuck

An abdominoplasty, commonly referred as a tummy tuck, removes excess skin and tightens abdominal muscles leaving you a dramatically firmer and flatter stomach. After pregnancy or losing weight, the belly can sag, as a result, it can prove extremely difficult to shift through diet or exercise. It occurs when the abdominal skin and muscles have stretched beyond the point where they can return to their usual location and shape. The normal ageing process can also cause the skin to sag or lose elasticity.

What To Expect From A Tummy Tuck

How long does a tummy tuck take?

A complete Abdominoplasty surgery usually takes two to five hours, depending on the extent of work required. Partial Abdominoplasty may take an hour or two.

What does the procedure involve?

Most commonly, your surgeon will make a long incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area. A second incision frees the navel from surrounding tissue. With partial Abdominoplasty, the incision is much shorter. The navel stays in place, although it may be pulled into an unnatural shape as the skin is tightened and stitched.

Next, your surgeon will separate the skin from the abdominal wall all the way up to your ribs and lift a large skin flap to reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. These muscles are tightened by pulling them close together and stitching them into position. This provides a firmer abdominal wall and narrows the waistline.

The surgeon stretches the flap down and removes any extra, and cuts a new hole for the navel. Finally, the surgeon will close the incision, apply dressings. He may insert temporary tubes to drain excess fluid from the surgical site.

In a partial Abdominoplasty, the flap of skin is stretched down, the excess is removed and the flap is stitched back into place.

If you’re a mother, you may also be interested in the ‘mummy makeover’ which combines the procedure with a breast augmentation or lift and liposuction to restore the body to its pre-pregnancy appearance.

Tummy Tuck Surgery London

Many patients choose to combine an abdominoplasty procedure with Liposculpture around their waist to create a new slimmer waistline.

Post Surgery

After surgery, you will likely experience some fluid drainage from the incisions. We may place a drip in your arm to keep you hydrated after surgery. You are likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery. You will be up and around in 1-2 days.

Recovery

Some patients return to work after two weeks, while others take three or four weeks to rest and recuperate. Recovery rates vary from person to person. Within the first 7-10 days after surgery, we remove the stitches and clips, depending on your healing. At this time you may notice some bruising around your tummy area and the surrounded area. Patients should expect this and it should subside within 1-2 weeks after surgery.*

After having two planned Caesarean sections, my stomach was not only flaccid and full of stretch marks, but my stomach muscles were quite damaged causing intense pain in my lower back. The procedure went ahead as I was expecting, the hospital facilities were comfortable, and the after care was great. I’m delighted with the result.

Rating: 5 out of 5

*Please note that indicated recovery and healing times are unique to each. Results, scarring, and recovery times vary from patient to patient. They are dependent on many factors including expectations, genetics, lifestyle, the extent of surgery, type of surgery, medical history etc.

We recommend exercise to reduce swelling, lower the chance of blood clots and tone muscles. It may take nine months to a year before your scars flatten out and lighten in colour.

Browse our tummy tuck surgery before & after pictures:

Abdominoplasty Surgery Disclaimer

The above before and after photos are by no means guarantees of your results; they will likely vary significantly. Our expert plastic surgeon will take great pride in their advanced surgical techniques. They will fully explain the likely outcomes in terms of aesthetic and scarring.

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