Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) – The Facts

 In Abdominoplasty

Childbirth and drastic weight loss are two factors that can cause the skin of the abdomen to lose its youthful tautness and becoming stretched, loose and wrinkled. For some people exercise can help, but for others no matter how many sit-ups you do, it is impossible to regain that elusive flat stomach.

This may be because the muscles of the abdominal wall have been pulled apart in the middle – known as divarification of the recti – in which case surgery may be the only option.

Abdominoplasty – or tummy tuck surgery – is one of the most commonly performed procedures by plastic surgeons and is becoming increasingly popular among men. If you’re considering a tummy tuck, here’s what you need to know:

Why people have it

During pregnancy or excessive weight gain, the muscle and skin of the abdomen become stretched.

After childbirth, or if weight is lost, the skin may not revert to its original state, leaving loose, stretched skin which can be impossible to shift even with exercise. 

What is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty removes any excess skin, stretch marks and scars and tightens up the abdominal muscles to restore a more youthful shape.

It is often done in conjunction with liposuction to remove excess fat, although the main purpose of a tummy tuck is to remove loose skin and tighten muscle rather than to remove fat. 

Who is it suitable for?

The procedure is not suitable for people who want to lose weight as its primary function is not fat reduction. We recommend that you lose weight before surgery for the best results.

Abdominoplasty is popular after childbirth to regain a more youthful shape and also after weight loss to remove any excess skin. It is suitable for both men and women.

What are the benefits?

After weight loss, it can be disheartening to be left with saggy, excess skin but abdominoplasty surgery can be the final step to achieving the body you want. It can increase your confidence, restore your youthful figure and offer you a greater range of clothing choices.

It can also cut away or reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scarring. 

How does it work?

There are several different types of tummy tuck. The most common involves making a cut across the body from one hip to the other and around the belly button. Excess skin and fat are removed from just above the pubic hair up to the belly button. The procedure leaves a long scar across the lower part of the abdomen and a circular scar around the belly button. 

A mini tummy tuck removes a smaller amount of skin and fat and may not always involve muscle tightening. There is no scarring around the belly button.

Fleur-de-lis tummy tuck

If you have a large amount of excess skin on the upper and lower tummy, you may be offered a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck which leaves an anchor-shaped scar in a line down from your belly button and across your lower abdomen. 

Apronectomy tummy tuck

Or you may wish to have an extended tummy tuck which also removes fat from your lower back and above your hips. An apronectomy is suitable for people who have a lot of skin and fat hanging down over the pubic area.

Your surgeon will talk to you about the range of different procedures that are available and advise which may be most suitable for you.

What are the risks?

As with any surgical procedure there are risks associated with abdominoplasty although the chance of complications is a small one. The risks include:

  • Scarring – any scars will normally fade from red to purple and, gradually, to a pale pink or silvery colour.
  • Swelling and bruising – this may take several months to fully go down. You may also experience some mild discomfort, which can be managed with painkillers.
  • Bleeding – a certain amount of bleeding immediately after surgery is normal. Rarely heavy bleeding will occur.
  • Infection – the wound site may become infected in some cases. This can be treated with antibiotics or may require further surgery. Some people may heal slower than others, particularly if you smoke.

Tummy Tuck Cost | Harley Street – London, UK

Mr Jallali offers a free consultation if you are considering abdominoplasty or other surgical procedures to make sure it it the right choice for you.

The tummy tuck largely depends on the technique used and your individual case.

The package prices, which include all fees and follow ups, range from £ 7,500  £9,000. You will be sent a quote following your consultation which will be valid for twelve months.

Call or email to book your free initial appointment.

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