Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Suffering from mild weight gain or excess skin and want to improve your appearance? Why not have a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a specialised procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat to tighten and firm the abdominal muscles, offering a swift solution to abdominal sagging caused by pregnancy and a variety of other factors. (These factors can include: mild weight gain, rapid weight loss or even medical conditions).
At Dr Implants, our abdominoplasty procedures use advanced tools and techniques. Also, they are always carried out according to the highest industry standards to ensure your safety and satisfaction.
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Reasons why you could have a tummy tuck
Typically over time when the elasticity in the skin weakens, it isn’t able to return to its original state. That same thing happens when you lose weight quickly. As a result of this, sagging occurs leaving excess weight along with loose skin.
Many people have tummy tuck surgery to achieve a flatter tummy by removing excess skin and fat. Occasionally during surgery, patients take the opportunity to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars by getting them removed too.
- Confidence boosting (You’ll feel fab)
- Reduces the number of stretch marks and scars
- Improve your general quality of life (You’ll have a new lease of life)
Frequently Asked Questions (Our FAQs)
Can I have a tummy tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery is a common procedure for men and women alike. To have tummy tuck surgery you are required to be generally healthy.
With that said, having tummy tuck surgery is not for those who want to lose a large capacity of weight but there are other procedures are available for this purpose (like liposuction, gastric sleeve surgery etc).
What will happen before my surgery?
To begin with, you will have a consultation with the surgeon to determine why you want tummy tuck surgery. Your surgeon will ask questions regarding your health (including any current medication).
An examination of your tummy will take place and your weight and height will be noted down. It is common for pictures to be taken for medical records at this stage.
During this time, you will also find out what options are best for you to achieve your needs.
Please note that if you are overweight or planning to be pregnant the surgeon could suggest a delay in surgery.
How will my tummy tuck be administered?
Methods of carrying out a tummy tuck procedure are dependent on whether you have a standard tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck.
From one hand, a standard tummy tuck will involve a horizontal incision across the body (hip to hip), as well as around the belly button. Following this, the excess fat and skin are removed (from between below the belly button and above the pubic region). Afterwards, muscles within the tummy are tightened and the skin is sewn back together. With this procedure, you should expect a circular scar around the belly button and a long scar across the lower tummy.
On the other hand, although a mini tummy tuck involves a horizontal incision in the same area (hip to hip), a smaller quantity of skin and fat is removed from the lower tummy. Additionally, it is common for muscles can also be tightened during a mini-tummy tuck as well.
Overall, a mini tummy tuck is ‘mini’ and does not offer the same exact effects of a full standard tummy tuck.
I have scars from a prior operation, can that affect my tummy tuck?
Dependent on the scars you have, the surgeon can modify your tummy tuck procedure to suit your scars.
Will I be under local or general anaesthetic?
Whilst, your tummy tuck is carried out you will be asleep under general anaesthetic.
How long will my tummy tuck take?
A tummy tuck procedure can take around 3 hours. Subsequently, you’ll spend approximately 3 days in the hospital.
Is there anything I can do to help my surgery to be a success?
It is advisable for you to stay as healthy as possible. Aim to stop smoking for at least six weeks prior to your surgery to reduce risks of complications. Ensure you are as clean as possible for surgery especially the areas incisions will be made.
After my surgery what shall I expect?
Post surgery you may have a drip to give you fluids until you are able to drink again. Expect the tummy to feel tight and sore which is normal after surgery. There will be dressings on your tummy. It’s likely that you will have drains in your lower tummy to drain any excess fluids and blood from the body. (Once the fluids and blood has finished draining the tubes will be removed).
You will have painkillers prescribed to help you manage any pains during your recovery process. Additionally, support stockings and blood-thinning injections may be given to reduce the possibility of clotting in the legs or lungs.
Please note: you will be required to wear a support garment for weeks after surgery for best results.
When will I be back to normal? (Recovery Period)
Your surgeons will advise you to take the strain off your stitches whenever you can by bending knees and hips avoiding the use of the abdominal area for the first few weeks post surgery.
Swelling and soreness can continue from weeks to months after surgery.
Light activities can commence after 2 weeks. Sexual activities should be avoided for at least 3 weeks. However, you will be back to normal exercises after a minimum of 6 weeks. Any strenuous activities or heavy lifting should not take place until 10th or 12th-week post surgery.
With all activities it is a gradual process, do not drive until you feel able to wear a seatbelt comfortably and safely.
When will I see results?
Providing that you follow advice from your surgeon, you have no complications and you are healing as you should you will see results over a 10-month period. First, your tummy will feel tight, even too tight but this will settle within 6 weeks of surgery.
Most patients are pleased with their results whereas others can find their results a lot to take in and get used to.
Also, the sensation in the tummy could be more or less post-surgery nevertheless it can change over time.
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