A tummy tuck is a popular cosmetic procedure which can help to improve the appearance of the stomach, increase body confidence and help to alleviate insecurities about this area of the body. Many people seek this form of surgery following pregnancy or significant weight loss to target the problems diet and exercise failed to rectify.
An abdominoplasty or a ‘tummy tuck’ procedure helps to remove excess fat deposits, tighten loose tissue and sagging skin, and improve muscle and skin tone around the middle and lower abdominal region, making it firmer and flatter.
Our friendly MyBreast surgeons are cosmetic surgery experts and will guide you through the procedure at an initial consultation, discussing what to expect and listening to any worries and concerns you may have. Our comprehensive aftercare means that you will receive exceptional care throughout every stage of your journey.
Is an abdominoplasty right for me?
An abdominoplasty is an effective procedure if the skin of your abdomen has been previously stretched and has not shrunk back or has reduced elasticity. A tummy tuck procedure may not be appropriate for people who are over-weight or as an attempt to lose weight. As a guide you should consider a Tummy Tuck after your weight has been stable for at least 6 months and you are not trying to lose any additional weight.
If you’re unsure about whether a tummy tuck is the right procedure for you or want to discuss which options would be best for your desired results, you can book a consultation with one of our expert surgeons.
There are a number of abdominoplasty procedures available. A complete abdominoplasty is the most common type performed. Other options are a partial or mini abdominoplasty, which is performed when less tissue is required to be removed, and an extended abdominoplasty, which is performed when tissues from areas other than the abdomen have to be removed.
Your surgeon will advise you what type of abdominoplasty you need.
How much does tummy tuck surgery cost?
The price of your surgery depends on your circumstances and the type of surgery you are looking to have. The following price is set as a guideline, however,
Tummy Tuck Surgery – £4,500 – £12,450
Prior to surgery your surgeon will take a thorough record of your medical history, reviewing any medications you are taking, whether you have any allergies, and if you have had any prior surgeries or pregnancies.
Your surgeon will also perform a physical examination to measure the extent of excess fat and the degree of loose skin in your abdominal region. These steps are to ensure your surgeon has all the information necessary to ensure that your procedure is as effective as possible.
It is likely your surgeon will ask you to stop taking certain medications including aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and blood thinners for a period before your surgery is scheduled to take place.
Abdominoplasty is most commonly performed under general anaesthetic. The surgery usually begins with an incision just above the pubic area, along the bikini line across the abdomen, from hipbone to hipbone. A second incision will be made around the belly button to free it from the abdominal tissue.
The skin will be separated from the abdominal wall exposing the abdominal muscles (rectus muscles).
These muscles may have been pushed apart by previous pregnancies. The rectus muscles will be stitched back into position, tightening the muscles and reducing the waistline. After the muscles have been repositioned and tightened, excess skin will be removed.
The remaining skin will be re-draped over the abdominal area and stitched into place. The belly button will then be brought out through the skin in its new location.
How long does a tummy tuck last?
A tummy tuck is an effective procedure, which in many cases does not require repeat surgery. However, pregnancy or significant weight gain followed by weight loss may result in excess stomach skin which may require a repeat abdominoplasty.
Your surgeon will discuss steps to ensure lasting results.
It is natural to experience some discomfort and pain immediately following an abdominoplasty procedure. You should allow for time to recover following surgery, which normally takes around 6-8 weeks.
For a full tummy tuck procedure, you should generally allow the following time periods before activity:
- Back to work – 1-2 weeks
- Exercise – 6-12 weeks
- Sex – 6-12 weeks
- Swimming – 4-6 weeks
- Long haul flights – 1 month
If you are unsure about any aspect of your recovery, your surgeon will be happy to provide advice and will guide you through what to expect in full.
As with any surgery, an abdominoplasty comes with a risk of complications which will be discussed in your consultation. If you have any worries following surgery, such as prolonged or heightened pain, we can help with our comprehensive MyBreast after care promise.
Will a tummy tuck remove stretch marks?
Stretch marks occur on anybody who experiences weight gain followed by rapid weight loss. They are caused as a result of fractured collagen in the skin that quickly stretches. Overstretched skin, with fractured collagen, loses its ability to shrink or contract. Stretch marks can be purple or red in colour at first, they then fade to white once scar tissue develops over time, this can take from 12 to 18 months.
A tummy tuck can get rid of stretch marks but only on excess skin, surgery may not be able to remove them all. This is because some stretch marks may be on areas of skin that are not removed with the surgery.
Should I have a tummy tuck if I am planning to have children?
Many women are familiar with the effects pregnancy can have on the abdomen following the birth of one or more children. So, many women opt for a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, to improve the tone and tightness of their stomach when they’ve decided their family is complete. Not all pregnancies are planned, so it is important to know that pregnancy after tummy tuck is possible and reasonably safe but not recommended.
Pregnancy can alter the results of a tummy tuck procedure in the same way as weight gain, so the appearance of stretch marks, separation of the muscles, and other factors may determine if revision surgery is needed after the bay’s birth.
Am I too young/old for a tummy tuck?
The best age for a Tummy tuck is above 35 or when you’ve had your last child. Having a tummy tuck is a big decision to take when diet and exercise alone will not help – and for women whose skin has been stretched after having had several children. It is major surgery and you need to be fit, so for long lasting results and the best recovery we would recommend the best age is between 35-65.
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