A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty procedure is an operation which aims to tighten the stomach area and give a flatter appearance by removing excess skin and tightening the abdominal wall.
It is important to realise that this is not a substitute for weight loss, or a procedure for someone who is overweight or obese.
However it is surgery well suited to someone who has lost a lot of weight through dieting, or has excess skin after childbirth, where no amount of exercise has any further impact on this area of your body. Women who have had a Caesarean section birth are also often suitable candidates for an abdominoplasty as they can have muscle weakness which makes it harder to re-gain a pre-pregnancy figure.
An abdominoplasty is performed under general anaesthetic and will usually involve a two night stay in hospital. Most people find they can return to light work after two to three weeks – depending upon the extent of your surgery, your work and any pre-existing medical conditions.
This can be an effective procedure but does involve a degree of scarring that is usually around the umbilicus (tummy button) and above the bikini line from one side of your tummy to the other. However, the surgeon will try to position the scar so that it can be hidden by underwear, or bikini bottoms but it is important to take this scar into consideration when deciding on surgery.
“Very chuffed – I am much more confident in general and now I can go on the beach without needing a baggy T shirt.“TE, Age 20, Abdominoplasty following weight loss
“Great Service I am very satisfied.”LE, Devon, Age 45, Breast Augmentation, 360 cc Sub-glandular breast implants
“Brilliant Job, absolutely changed my life.“AS, Exeter, Devon, Abdominoplasty
“I have gone down a dress size and feel much more confident.“BI, Age 40, Newton Abbot, Devon, Abdominoplasty
“It was definitely worth doing. I’m happy with the results.“TK, Abdominoplasty & Liposuction
“I can now wear clothes that fit me I am really pleased with the result.“EH, Age 46, North Devon, Abdominoplasty and plication of the weakness in the anterior abdominal wall.
“My surgery was the culmination of a team effort during my weight loss prior to surgery and at the time of the operation. I found my personal trainer really helpful preparing for surgery. I couldn’t have asked for more from surgery.“BH, Age 49, Exeter, Abdominoplasty following weight loss
“I am really pleased with the results.“SB, Age 41, Devon, Abdominoplasty
“Overall I am very pleased, well worth doing & I wish I had had it done 10 years ago.“KS, Age 62, Abdominoplasty
“It has made a big difference to my life and I was up and about straight away.“RE, Age 57, Exeter, Devon, Abdominoplasty
Most patients feel the results obtained from a tummy tuck procedure with a flatter, tauter abdomen far outweigh any negatives but this is a very personal decision.
Mr David Oliver
Consultant Reconstructive & Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon
Mr David Oliver will offer you a thorough consultation to ensure that you both understand what you would like to achieve, and confirm that you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and will perform your operation and see you post-operatively, so that you are always under his care.
Surgery will take place in a local hospital regulated by the Care Quality Commission, so you will not have to travel far from your home, or importantly from your surgeon.
Choosing to have this procedure is an important decision, and you must feel comfortable with your choice of surgeon and ensure that you are fully informed and not pressurised. Mr Oliver’s staff will support you throughout this process.