Do you have excess skin or weakened abdominal muscles that aren’t responding with diet and exercise alone? This can be caused by pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or a general decrease in skin elasticity associated with age.
A Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) is a lower-body procedure that helps to remove excess skin or fat around the midsection and underlying muscles are tightened or repaired. A mini tummy tuck can also be performed in some cases.
- Abdominoplasty can help create a flatter stomach
- This surgery is suitable for both men and women who are at a healthy, stable weight
- Women should wait until they have finished having children as pregnancy may compromise the result.
- Incisions are made across the lower abdomen and can be angled to help with concealment
- Scars are usually hidden by clothing or swimsuits and will generally fade over time
- Liposuction may be required during the procedure if there is also fat to be removed
Abdominoplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthesia as an inpatient in hospital.
Surgery can take from 2 to 4 hours and you’ll be required to stay in hospital for 3 to 4 days. You will most likely have drains in which will determine your length of stay in hospital.
You can generally return to work within 2 – 4 weeks, however, strenuous activity should be avoided for 6 weeks.
It’s recommended that you wear an abdominal binder for up to 6 weeks to provide comfort and support as you heal. You are also required to wear a compression girdle for support and to ensure that tissues are kept compressed to avoid dimpling.
Although there is an immediate change to your body shape, most patients see final results in 12 months.
It may also take up to 12 months for your scar to mature and sensation in the area to return.
Results are permanent as long as your weight remains stable, but a Tummy Tuck isn’t a substitute for an active and healthy lifestyle.