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Weight Loss - Surgery - Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck or an abdominoplasty removes unwanted fat and tightens stomach muscles.

Tummy Tuck

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck procedure, also known as an abdominoplasty, aims to remove unwanted fat and skin on the lower abdomen/tummy and tightens muscles in the area providing a smoother profile. This allows you to have a flatter, firmer and more defined stomach, something which is often completely unachievable with dieting and exercise alone.

It is important to understand this procedure should not be seen as an alternative to weight loss but should be used in conjunction with it. During this surgical procedure connective tissue and muscles are tightened securely, and damaged or weakened abdominal muscles are repaired. Then the remaining skin is repositioned to create the slimmer profile you’re aiming for.

This common surgical treatment is sometimes undertaken with a liposuction treatment. This meant that not only is the excess fat and skin removed and muscle walls tightened but the remaining skin is firmed and fuller looking.

Who should consider a tummy tuck?

An ideal candidate for this procedure understands that this is not a substitute for weight loss but something to work alongside it to achieve the figure you always dreamed of. More than this, the procedure is too premature for a specific candidate if they are still on a weight loss journey, it is more suited to anyone with a stable weight, who cannot shift that stubborn area of fat on their lower abdomen.       

A good candidate for an abdominoplasty is someone who:

  • Is in good health
  • Used to be overweight and still has loose skin or fat on their stomach
  • Is unhappy with the way their stomach looks     
  • Has excess skin for reasons other than weight loss that they would like to remove
  • Have damaged to lose abdominal muscles from pregnancy or something else that they wish to be tightened 

Before consulting for a tummy tuck procedure it is important you are:

  • Emotionally and physically able to consent to surgery, ensuring it is the right option for you
  • Not a smoker, or be willing to quit smoking at least 6 weeks before the procedure
  • Willing to engage with and maintain regular exercise and a balanced diet after surgery
  • Someone with realistic expectations of the procedure
  • Not pregnant or trying to get pregnant, the best results for you would be post-pregnancy as the abdominal muscles will no longer be tight after having a child.

Weight Loss Surgery – Tummy Tuck

Frequently Asked

What Is A Tummy Tuck?

A Tummy Tuck or as its officially known an abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm.

How painful is a tummy tuck?

In general pain is mild to moderate after the procedure. However this can vary from person to person and a thorough discussion should be had with a GP or surgeon before hand.

Is A Tummy Tuck Worth It?

The results of the procedure are long lasting providing you maintain your weight. Many people who have undergone the operation have been happy with their decision.

Can You Get Fat After A Tummy Tuck?

During the Tummy Tuck procedure fat cells are eliminated from the body & cannot return. Weight gain may therefore apply to other areas such as the buttocks, legs, arms and breasts.

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Tummy Tuck

What you should know first  

Important information to consider when thinking about a tummy tuck:

The first step after considering all the tummy tuck procedure information and wanting to continue, is meeting a surgeon at the consultation stage. This allows you to discuss your options with an experienced surgeon. There are two main types of abdominoplasty procedure which they may recommend, these are as follows:

  • Complete abdominoplasty: this spans hip bone to hip bone and moving the belly button slightly.
  • Mini abdominoplasty: more suited to someone who’s fat is gathered below the belly button.

When preparing for this procedure you would have to:

  • Stop smoking
  • Undergo a diet change before surgery 
  • Disclose all prescription drugs to your surgeon
  • Complete a list of preparations for when you get back from surgery, this includes:
    • Ice packs
    • Clothing you can change into easily
    • Petroleum jelly
    • A shower chair and removable showerhead
    • Someone to drive you home post-surgery

What to expect?

The procedure itself can last anywhere from one to five hours and depending on whether you opt for a full or mini abdominoplasty and it’s likely you will have to stay the night in hospital.

Following the surgery, you will be prescribed painkillers to ensure you have the best recovery possible, however it is likely you will be sore for multiple weeks. It will take a while for scarring to settle down and reduce, you will be given creams to help manage this during your recovery, to be left with a flat stomach profile!

 

What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?

Following the procedure, a toned stomach and flat abdominal area is apparent right away, you will be able to see some results immediately. Providing the correct post-operative regime is implemented (including regular light exercise and a healthy diet) there is no reason why your results should last indefinitely.

 

When will I see the full results? 

Immediately you will be able to see some results, however due to swelling and redness the final result will take between 4 and 6 weeks to start to show. The end result could take up to 6 months to be completely apparent as the inflammation and slight bruising are gone for good. While you should feel recovered and the best version of yourself after a few months, it won’t be until around the 1 year mark that the surgeon can sign your results off.

 

Aside from appearance, are there any long term benefits?

Since a tummy tuck procedure tightens your stomach muscles, your core strength should improve dramatically. Typically this treatment is highly effective in contouring the abdomen and abdominal wall. The only reason this might not be the case, would be due to weight fluctuation (normally weight gain) following the procedure. In this case the results can seem masked.

 

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