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.
“The staff at Exeter Medical were wonderful and looked after me extremely well…I was very pleased with every step from the first consultation…I am thrilled with my results and wish I had done it a year ago!”Mrs P (Mr Cawrse – Abdominoplasty)
“Brilliant job, absolutely changed my life“AS, Exeter, Abdominoplasty
“I am very pleased with the results of surgery on these hard to shift areas“EB, Liposuction
“I am extremely pleased with the outcome and have never looked back or regretted having it done for one minute. I would advise anyone to do their research when looking for a surgeon. I did and I would not hesitate to recommend Mr Stone.”Mrs M, Devon
“Thank you so very much for the amazing cosmetic surgery you completed for me. I am so incredibly pleased with the results. The confidence, happiness and love for my new body is priceless to me and you helped me achieve this.”Mrs A, Exeter
“I am really pleased with my operation and would recommend Mr Oliver.“EF, Devon, Breast Augmentation with Abdominoplasty & Liposuction
“I would highly recommend Mr Stone and all the team. I was informed of all the good and bad of the operation, and the information and help I received was excellent.”Mrs M, Devon, Abdominoplasty
“I am 110% happy with the results of my procedure and would not hesitate in future surgery with Mr Stone. The results are fantastic and have made a huge difference to my daily life and confidence.”Mrs W, Devon, Abdominoplasty
“Surgery has exceeded my expectations, I didn’t expect it to be as good as it is. I’m very happy with the results”Anonymous, Exeter, Devon
“The after care was second to none. And a big thank you to Mr Stone for changing my life. I can now say I have a body that fits me. It is fantastic.”Mrs M, Devon, Abdominoplasty
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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
Your Exeter Medical surgeon 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. The same surgeon will perform your operation and will see you post-operatively, so that you are always under their 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. Exeter Medical’s consultants and staff will support you throughout this process.
Take a look at Mr David Oliver’s & Mr Christopher Stone’s abdominoplasty before & after results from our patients in Devon.
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