Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
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.
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.