Tummy Tuck – also known as Abdominal Reduction or Abdominoplasty – can improve the appearance of your stomach. This procedure removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen to tighten and improve the appearance and comfort of the abdomen. And it can also include tightening of abdominal muscles and liposuction of the waist and flanks. It can be difficult to get that perfect definition to your stomach. Sometimes exercise and dieting just cannot solve stubborn fat and excess skin. In some patients, Liposculpture surgery may not be enough if you have moderate or severe sagging skin.
A Tummy Tuck is designed to remove that excess skin and give you back your confidence.
Who can Benefit from a Tummy Tuck?
The best candidates for Abdominoplasty are those who are concerned by abdominal fat deposit or loose skin which hasn’t improved after diet or exercise. This procedure has been popular for women who have stretched abdominal muscles after childbirth. If you are planning to lose a large amount of weight or become pregnant, the procedure is best performed after this.
Many patients have lost weight naturally or undergone bariatric surgery. But to complete their weight-loss journey they require a little help. The ideal candidate is a patient who has reached their ideal weight and has kept that weight for over six months. A combination of Liposculpture and Tummy Tuck may be required to get the flat stomach and abdomen that you desire.
Following pregnancy, some women experience loose abdominal muscles and sagging skin. These are often resistance to toning through exercise and diet due to skin laxity and stubborn fat deposits. A combined Tummy Tuck and Liposculpture procedure can help you regain your pre-baby body.
Ageing and genetics can play a huge role in what areas of your body are resistant to diet and exercise. Many people experience mild to moderate sagging skin around the stomach, combined with fat deposits and weak abdominal muscles. A Tummy Tuck can help tighten and improve the look of an ageing stomach and abdomen, giving you back a youthful look.
What do You want from Your Tummy Tuck?
Rapid and prolonged expanding of the abdominal muscles and skin can leave them sagging and weak after birth. Many women struggle to regain their self-confidence after the birth of their child because of this. A Tummy Tuck can help regain that pre-baby body many women desire.
It can be difficult to get the curves and definition to your abdomen that you desire when you’re suffering from sagging skin. It can cause a loss of confidence, despite your amazing weight-loss achievement. A Tummy Tuck can help clear up the excess skin that is holding you back.
It isn’t uncommon, after a large amount of weight-loss, to find that you have sagging skin around the stomach and abdomen. It can ruin your confidence and even become painful from chafing. A Tummy Tuck can remove this excess skin, leaving you with the body you fought so hard for.
A Tummy Tuck to remove excess skin gives you back confidence in yourself and your body. It is especially beneficial for those who have endured large amounts of weight-loss or pregnancy, which has drastically altered the body’s composition. You will feel more comfortable and at home in your body after the procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the procedure performed?
The procedure is performed by making an incision across your lower abdomen, extending out to the hips. The skin and fat are elevated up to the rib cage, and if necessary muscles are tightened. Excess skin and fat are removed and upper abdominal skin is brought down, and a new opening is made for the navel in its normal position.
Abdominoplasty takes around three hours and is performed under general anaesthetic.
What should I expect after surgery?
After surgery you’ll need to wear a garment which provides support to your abdomen. This garment is ordered and fitted prior to your surgery so that it fits comfortably; after all, you’ll be wearing this garment for six weeks after surgery. Sutures are removed one to two weeks after surgery.
While you won’t be able to stand straight in the early stage after surgery, walking as soon as possible will help circulation and lessen the risk of complications.
It is important to rest after surgery.
When can I return to normal activities?
Generally speaking, two weeks are needed off work although for some patients they will require more time. Gentle exercises can be commenced after three to four weeks, but rigorous exercise should be avoided for six to eight weeks.
It may take two to three months before you will feel you’ve returned to normal.
What you should do before and after surgery:
Three things you should do before and after surgery are:
- Avoid taking aspirin for two weeks before surgery.
- Don’t smoke for two weeks after surgery as this can delay healing.
- Once you decide to have abdominoplasty, you should stop taking the oral contraceptive.
Are there any risks?
As with any surgical procedure there are some risks of complication. And that is why we educate patients and prospective patients on the potential and unlikely complications that can arise as a result of surgery. One way to reduce the risk of complications is to follow the instructions provided by your surgeon.
To prevent bleeding a pressure garment and binder are worn, but bleeding does occur in 2-3% cases, and it is most likely to happen immediately after surgery or that evening. And while it is rare there are some cases where bleeding may mean you’ll need to return to the operating theatre.
To prevent infection you are given antibiotics for 48 hours. If infection does occur it will become evident within the first week after surgery and may delay the healing process or result in scar tissue. In the unlikely event of infection, the end result of treatment could be negatively infected.
This procedure is carried out under general anaesthesia: if you have any questions about anaesthesia and what to expect afterwards, please ask your anaesthetist.
The scar from abdominoplasty is long and never invisible but is placed in a position which is inconspicuous when wearing most clothing or swimming costumes. At about three months after surgery the scar will often look red and lump. This is normal and will settle over the following three to six months.
It takes around 12 to 18 months before the scar matures completely, flattens out and lightens in colour. Because everyone’s different the quality of the scar cannot be predicted prior to surgery. And since excess tissue is pulled down, there can be a tendency for the pubic hair to be pulled up a little. For this reason Dr Richard Sackelariou prefers a low scar keeping the final scar hidden.
Areas of your lower abdomen may be numb for up to six months as the disturbed nerves are recovering. While numbness is usually temporary in some rare cases this numbness can be permanent.
- Fluid collection
A seroma is a collection of fluid under the skin and fat. If this occurs it may take a few weeks to absorb. Wearing the pressure garment will help reduce the risk.
There is some risk of clotting in the veins of the legs—but this is rare.
Before and Afters
General information about tummy tuck
There are three important factors you need to consider before proceeding with surgery:
- There’s no guarantee with surgery.
- Always consult a surgeon before considering any surgery.
- The best candidates for surgery are those who have realistic expectations about the outcomes.
To give you an idea of what you can expect we will show you before and afters of previous patients as well as provide the opportunity to discuss the procedure with them.