Abdominoplasty, also known as ‘tummy tuck’, is a body contouring procedure performed on both men and women. The procedure is designed to improve the appearance of the abdominal area. These changes can potentially be caused by pregnancy, significant weight loss or the ageing process. These factors can cause abdominal skin to become flaccid. In the case of pregnancy, the muscles within the abdominal wall can become weakened. These conditions and changes to the abdomen cannot be corrected with diet and/or exercise alone. They require surgical intervention to remove excess skin and fat. To see our before and after imagery for a Tummy Tuck please click here.
What does the Abdominoplasty or Tummy tuck surgery involve?
There are a variety of abdominoplasty procedures available, and operations can be tailored to suit the individual patient’s wishes and needs. There are many variations both to the design of the incisions and the technique itself.
When the amount of loose skin is minimal and excess fat deposits are located below the navel, a short horizontal incision above the pubic bone is all that is necessary. This procedure is called a partial or “mini” abdominoplasty.
For patients who have significant skin laxity, excess fat and separation of the muscles, a classic tummy tuck is the most common procedure. Performed under general anaesthetic, this operation can require patients to be in hospital for three to five days.
During the operation, an incision is made from hip to hip and around the umbilicus (belly button). The excess skin and fat is excised from the umbilicus to just above the pubic hair. Then the muscles above and below the umbilicus are tightened. Finally, the skin is then stitched together resulting in a long scar across the lower abdomen. This is generally from hip to hip, and a new umbilicus is created.
LIPoSUCTION AND A TUMMY TUCK
Liposuction is often performed at the same time as an abdominoplasty. However, liposuction can be recommended instead of an abdominoplasty for younger patients who have good quality, elastic skin. It can also be recommended for those whose area of concern is localised excess fat.
During the procedure, small incisions are made, excess fat is removed and the wounds are then closed. Some degree of skin tightening or shrinkage can be expected. However, the results of liposuction can sometimes be unpredictable. Liposuction alone will have less effect than an abdominoplasty.
What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty will help to improve abdominal contour, eliminate uncomfortable excess skin and fat and a reduction of the appearance of stretch marks. It is important to note:
what are the risks of a tummy tuck
All surgical procedures carry some risks. The potential risks are discussed at the initial consultation and will be outlined via your secure patient portal (TouchMD). Some risks may include: