Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a sought after cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of the stomach (abdomen). There are a variety of tummy tuck procedures available, and operations can be tailored to suit a patient’s wishes and needs.
Tummy tucks are most commonly carried out to remove excess skin, unwanted scars, stretch marks and fat, and to tighten the stomach muscles.
The ideal patient is someone whose weight is normal, particularly those who have been overweight and have lost the excess weight.
Abdominoplasty is not an operation for people who are overweight, or as an attempt at losing weight.
You are most likely to benefit from an abdominoplasty if you are self-conscious about what your abdomen looks like.
In appropriate patients, an abdominoplasty can have a very remarkable effect and is associated with high patient satisfaction.
Weight loss, aging or multiple pregnancies can all contribute to a weakened stomach and a tummy tuck can help you improve the shape of your abdomen.
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes two to five hours. The following are the main techniques that your surgeon may use.
You should be able to go home after two to three days.
You should be able to return to work after two weeks depending on your type of work. Do not have sex for three weeks.
The healthcare team will advise you on exercising to help keep you to a healthy weight and to improve the tone of your abdominal muscles.
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.