The At-A-Glance Guide to Tummy Tucks

 In Abdominoplasty

We often talk about feeling “comfortable in our own skin”. But one thing that can make us feel pretty uncomfortable is skin that sags and wrinkles, particularly after weight loss.

It is an annoying phenomenon. You eat healthily, you exercise hard and you achieve your target weight… but then your body doesn’t quite play ball. Instead of achieving the smooth, svelte silhouette you’ve been striving for, you’re left with stubborn folds of skin that even exercise cannot shift.

One of the reasons for this is that skin can stretch during pregnancy or weight gain and even when you loose weight it may not regain its former tautness.

Your stomach muscles can also move apart –  a process known as diastasis – which reduces muscle tone.

During a full tummy tuck, your surgeon will repair these muscles to increase strength and tone.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

So what is a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, to give it its full name? (“Abdo” comes from abdomen, which refers to your stomach area and “plasty” meaning to mould or graft)?

People sometimes get confused about the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck. Liposuction removes excess fat (using suction) whereas a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin. Many people choose to have the two procedures done simultaneously to help them achieve the profile they want.

When to Have a Tummy Tuck

The best time to have a tummy tuck is after you have completed your family and achieved your ideal weight. Here’s why. The procedure is designed to remove excess skin.

Also, the muscles split during pregnancy and hence it is better to complete your family before having abdominoplasty. It is sometimes required to have a tummy tuck before your family is complete and this is safe, as long as you wait 6 months after surgery before falling pregnant.

If you have a tummy tuck and then continue to lose weight, your skin will become loose again and you may require a second tummy tuck. For this reason, tummy tucks are generally recommended only for people with a BMI below 30. A lower BMI will also improve wound healing.

It isn’t common knowledge, but Autumn and Winter months are the best times of year for most types of cosmetic surgery – why?

Mini, Full and Extended Tummy Tucks

You may hear people refer to a mini tummy tuck, a full tummy tuck and an extended tummy tuck. Here is a bit about each type:

  • A full tummy tuck removes loose skin above and below the tummy button. It is designed for people with a significant amount of saggy, overhanging skin. You will be left with a scar above the pubic hairline, around your tummy button and to the outer side of your hipbones.
  • A mini tummy tuck only removes loose skin in the lower part of your abdomen below the tummy button. It involves a smaller incision than a full tummy tuck so it has a shorter recovery time. You will be left with a curved scar just above the public hairline.
  • An extended tummy tuck removes loose skin from all around your torso. It is generally suitable for people who have lost a significant amount of weight and has a longer recovery time than the procedures described above.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Whichever type of tummy tuck you choose, most patients are fully healed at two weeks and can resume work and driving at this point. You will need to wear a compression garment for a further four weeks after this and can resume full activity including gym after that.

This is why many people choose to have this procedure done in the autumn or winter when the weather is cooler. Tummy tuck surgery is a major procedure and it may take several weeks to recover fully. 

Why Should I Have a Tummy Tuck?

The good news is that after a tummy tuck people often experience a significant boost to their self-confidence.

They are finally be able to wear the clothes that they have been longing to wear and may also find they feel more confident to take part in activities that they may have avoided up until now. 

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Tummy Tuck | London

Mr Jallali offers a free consultation at his Harley Street, W1 practice, if you are considering a tummy tuck procedure. After your consultation you will be sent a bespoke quote, which will be valid for twelve months.

The tummy tuck cost is a package price ranging from £ 7,500  £9,000, including all fees and follow ups.

Call or email to book your free initial appointment.

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