Sometimes, regardless of how much exercise we do, our abdomen becomes flabby – whether this is due to pregnancies or previous weight loss. This excess fat causes low self-esteem and can be embarrassing for some people. Abdominoplasty helps to eliminate this problem, removing loose excess skin and firming muscles to improve the shape of your abdomen. Ultimately, abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes slack and loose abdominal skin and stretch marks, resulting in a firmer and flatter stomach.*
Depending on the amount of excess skin and fat to be removed, it may be possible to have a mini tummy tuck, where only the excess skin is removed, resulting in a shorter, inconspicuous scar – this will be determined at the initial consultation.* In some circumstances it is possible to combine a tummy tuck with liposuction on the waistline (flanks) to give a more defined and contoured shape.* Again this will be discussed during your initial consultation.
Abdominoplasty is a suitable procedure for someone who is close to their ideal weight and who has loose skin and stretch marks, perhaps following childbirth or after a dramatic loss in weight. A tummy tuck is not suitable for someone who is grossly overweight.*
Surgery is performed under general anaesthetist and involves one to two nights in hospital, allowing for specialists to monitor and support during the postoperative phase.
The operation lasts two to three hours, during which the surgeon removes excess skin and fat.* You will be left with a scar from hip to hip which runs across the pubic bone and can be hidden by underwear.* This however usually fades over time. In addition the navel may be repositioned to give a more youthful belly button.
It may also be necessary to repair the abdominal muscle if it has been damaged by multiple childbirths.*