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.
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.
“Abdominal surgery for body contouring usually involves a combination of techniques. Sometimes liposuction alone is the best option but if there is excess skin then some form of skin excision will be required. This may be a mini-abdominoplasty procedure with a shorter low scar line often incorporating any pre-existing caesarean section scar, suitable for modest skin excess below the umbilicus.
With more excessive skin excess then a full abdominoplasty will be required with a longer scar often a little higher up and also around the umbilicus. Again liposuction is often a helpful adjunct to reduce the fat over the hips and central abdomen. If weight loss is planned then performing surgery when a patient reaches their steady weight, and not before, is always the best time for surgery.
Each individual is different and therefore the combination of procedures and extent of each can vary from person to person to help achieve the desired results”
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.