Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
An abdominoplasty procedure is for people who are in relatively good shape, but who are bothered by fat deposits or loose abdominal skin that will not respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients can also be improved.
The type of surgery required varies according to extent and type of problem. Often a full abdominoplasty is required. Sometimes it is possible to perform a more limited operation.If, for example, your fat deposits are limited to the area below the navel, you may require a less complex procedure called a ‘mini abdominoplasty’. Liposuction may also be performed in conjunction with abdominoplasty to enhance the overall results.
At 152 Harley Street, a tummy tuck is carried out under Local Anaesthetic & Sedation in our state-of-the-art day case theatre. You will be able to leave shortly after your procedure, but still receive the same thorough and excellent aftercare that you would expect with a general anaesthetic. For those living outside of London, we are able to personally arrange for you to stay in our partner hotel in Marylebone, just a few minutes from 152 Harley Street. Alternatively you can opt to have a general anaesthetic and your Consultant Plastic Surgeon will talk you through all the options that are available to you at your initial consultation.
“The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen and loss of skin elasticity in older patients can also be improved”
Complete abdominoplasty usually takes about two hours to perform and a mini abdominoplasty may take an hour or more.
If the abdominal muscles are loose, they are tightened by pulling them close together and stitching them into their new position. This provides a firmer abdominal wall and narrows the waistline. The incisions will be stitched using dissolvable sutures, dressings will be applied and a temporary drain may be inserted. This is usually removed the next day. A tight garment is fitted to provide support after your surgery.
AFTER YOUR SURGERY
For the first few days, your tummy will probably feel swollen and you are likely to feel some pain and discomfort which can be controlled by medication.