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What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck (medically known as an abdominoplasty) is an operation to remove excess fat and loose skin from the tummy area. In some cases, the surgeon can also restore weakened or separated stomach muscles at the same time.
What is the procedure used for?
There are a few reasons why you might have excess skin and fat around your tummy - the most common being if you have lost a considerable amount of weight or after pregnancy. A tummy tuck is designed to give you some confidence back by improving the appearance of your stomach.
Who is the treatment suitable for?
Anyone that is of a healthy weight but has excess skin and fat around their abdomen.
What happens during the procedure?
Both types of tummy tuck are performed under a general anaesthetic. The skin and fat of the lower tummy are detached from the abdominal muscles and the skin is then stretched down and any excess removed.
Your belly button can also be moved to fit the new abdominal structure and a small area of the tummy muscles can be tightened. Your surgeon may then use liposuction to give the stomach definition, if required. At the end of the main surgery, the tummy “flap” is then stitched back into place.
A mini tummy tuck:
- Usually takes about an hour or two.
- Uses an incision that is usually a lot smaller.
- Is more suitable for people that have less fat and skin to be removed.
- Usually takes a day, so you will be able to return home on the same day.
- Is available at both our flagship Nottingham premises and our London Clinic.
A full tummy tuck:
- Takes between two and three hours.
- Uses an incision that runs from hip to hip, usually near your bikini line.
- Usually needs an overnight stay at the hospital.
- Is only available at our London Clinic.
What are the side effects or risks?
Any abdominal surgery is a substantial procedure and involves an element of risk. You also need to make sure you set realistic expectations with your surgeon to ensure you are more likely to be satisfied with the results. In general terms, for healthy, non-smoking patients with few risk factors, this procedure is very safe with a low rate of serious complications.
Common side effects include:
- Pain and discomfort as you heal
- Difficulty moving for the first couple of weeks
Rare side effects that you still need to be aware of are:
- Blood or fluid collections under the skin
- Prolonged numbness
- Unsightly scars
- Blood clots
What results can I typically expect?
Most patients report a high satisfaction rate from a tummy tuck procedure as it gives them a tighter, more defined abdomen area - something they may not have thought is possible.
Before your procedure
You will meet with your surgeon and patient coordinator before your surgery to assess your suitability for the procedure and to discuss the possible risks and complications. The surgeon will confirm what is expected and you will sign a patient consent form.
You will need to attend a pre-operative assessment between 2-5 weeks prior to your surgery. This is where you will come and meet either our senior nurse or doctor and they will go though your medical history, take your measurements - (height, weight, BMI), and perform a blood and MRSA test to ensure you are fit for surgery.
At Zenith Cosmetic Clinics, our patients are at the heart of everything we do. Having a surgical procedure is an extremely personal choice and only you can make the decision to go ahead. We encourage you to take away all of the information, digest it and spend some time really thinking about whether you want to go ahead with the procedure. We are there at every step to answer your questions and offer advice - we want you to be happy with your decision and delighted with your results.
On the day of your surgery, your surgeon may draw on your tummy to confirm the exact size and positioning of any incisions and to guide him during your procedure.
It is important that you stop smoking at least four weeks before your surgery and for four weeks afterwards.
- You will need between two and three weeks off work (depending on your job type)
- No heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for sixweeks afterwards
- You will need to wear a supporting garment for six weeks afterwards (daytime and night-time). This can be uncomfortable as it’s a fitted garment designed to give you support, as well as reduce the risk of other complications such as bruising and swelling.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a tummy tuck permanent?
Providing you maintain a stable weight, your results should be permanent.
I am overweight. Can I have a tummy tuck?
This procedure is not ideal for patients that are overweight and is definitely not a 'quick fix'. You would get better - and longer lasting - results if you lose the weight first and consider a tummy tuck to remove excess skin/fat afterwards. We are the weight loss and fat reduction specialists at Zenith so have lots of other options that might help you - visit [this page](/conditions/body/overweight "/conditions/body/overweight") for more information.
Can I look after my small children?
You will need to have full-time help with small children for the first few weeks after your procedure. Lifting a child - or any significant weight - after your surgery puts you at risk of developing complications and needing further procedures. You should be able to do most of your daily chores such as driving, cooking, and shopping, after the first 2 or 3 weeks.
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