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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

If you’re considering having a abdominoplasty (also called tummy tuck), below is some information about the surgery and what you can expect.

What is an abdominoplasty?

Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgery performed to remove excess fat and skin from a patient’s midsection and involves the tightening of the abdominal muscles to create a flat and more contoured stomach.

Who may benefit from abdominoplasty?

The type of patients that will benefit most from abdominoplasty are those who have experienced weight fluctuations and woman post pregnancy who have some excess suborn fat or loose abdominal skin around the stomach. However, the best candidates for this surgery are not overweight and are in good shape. Patients with significant excess stomach fat may require liposuction prior to a tummy tuck.

Are there any alternatives to an abdominoplasty?

Your appearance may improve if you follow an exercise programme. If the problem is caused mainly by too much fat, it may be better to only have liposuction, where the fat is sucked out using a small tube.

What does the operation involve?

Abdominoplasty is performed under general anaesthetic usually takes between two and five hours. The most common technique used involves an incision made across the lower abdomen, extending to the hip on each side. This incision can be angled to make the scar easier to conceal. The surgeon will tighten the vertical muscles in your stomach by pulling them close together and stitching them into position. Extra skin and fat is also removed.

How soon will I recover?

The recovery period following this procedure varies from person to person. However you should be able to go home after two to three days and you should be able to return to work after the second week, depending on your type of job. You should avoid sex for the first three weeks.

The results of an abdominoplasty improve gradually over the first six months. The best results for you will happen if you keep to a healthy weight and exercise regularly.

Complications can occur and your plastic surgeon will discuss this with you in detail at your consultation.

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