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Adbominoplasty - Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty, known as a tummy tuck, is a procedure which involves removing loose skin and fat from the abdomen. There are many variants of this procedure, from a mini tummy tuck, to a full extended removal of skin and fat from around the entire torso. This procedure is common in people who have had multiple pregnancies or significant weight fluctuations. 


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Choosing to have a Tummy Tuck

Choosing to undergo an abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is often a transformative decision for individuals seeking to restore their abdominal contour and improve their overall appearance. 

At our practice, we understand the significance of this choice and prioritise patient-centered care to ensure optimal results. An abdominoplasty can address excess skin, stubborn fat deposits, and weakened abdominal muscles, offering not just aesthetic enhancements but also a boost in confidence and self-esteem.


We will taillor our consultation to ensure that each procedure meets the unique goals and desires of our patients. With a commitment to safety, precision, and comprehensive aftercare, we strive to guide our patients through every step of their abdominoplasty journey, empowering them to achieve the abdominal profile they desire and embrace newfound confidence in their bodies.


Tummy tuck variants

Mini Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure targeting the removal of a section of skin below the belly button. Ideal for individuals with excess stretched skin below the belly button who are otherwise thin, this operation takes approximately 2 hours, and patients are typically discharged after one night. The scarring is minimal, situated just above the pubic hair, and the procedure does not involve tightening the muscles. Importantly, the belly button remains unchanged in position.

Full Abdominoplasty involves the removal of a larger section of skin and fat below the belly button. The skin above the belly button is then repositioned down to just above the pubic hair, and the belly button is relocated through the skin. This procedure is suitable for individuals with generalized abdominal skin excess and muscle separation. The operation typically lasts for around 3 hours, and patients are usually discharged after a two-night stay. Scarring is expected from just beyond each hip and around the belly button.

Extended abdominoplasty mirrors a full abdominoplasty but involves removing tissue that extends further around towards the back, covering approximately 2/3rds to ¾’s of the circumference. This extension enables a lift to the outer thighs, smoothing off the thighs, and creating a tightening effect at the waist, resulting in a "wasp" waist appearance. The overall effects are comparable to those achieved with a full abdominoplasty.


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What are the possible complications?

The length of scars following the chosen procedure is contingent upon the specific type of surgery undertaken. Postoperative complications may include the possibility of infection, for which antibiotics may be prescribed. Another potential issue involves bleeding that could accumulate beneath the skin, necessitating removal. Additionally, there is a risk of seroma formation, characterized by the collection of serous fluid, akin to blister fluid, under the skin. While these complications are among the most common, it's important to note that rarer complications would also be thoroughly discussed during the consultation, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of potential risks and outcomes.


When can I get back to work?

Typically, a recommended rest period of two weeks is essential for the recovery process. During the initial phase of returning to activities, a gradual transition to lighter duties is advised to minimise discomfort and facilitate a smoother recovery. To mitigate the risk of seroma formation, it is recommended to wear supportive pants, which can provide additional compression and support to the treated areas. This comprehensive approach not only emphasises the importance of rest and gradual resumption of activities but also highlights specific measures, such as wearing supportive garments, to enhance the overall recovery experience and minimise potential complications.

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