Changes in the body such as weight gain or loss, pregnancy and ageing can result in a change in your body's curve that may affect both your body image and self-confidence. Tummy tucks are popular with people wishing to achieve a flatter and tighter stomach.
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) is a procedure to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen to improve the body's contours.
Would I benefit from a tummy tuck?
Tummy tucks are not suitable for everyone and are certainly not a treatment for weight-loss. You are most likely to benefit from an abdominoplasty if you have already lost weight or post-pregnancy.
What does the operation involve?
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes between two and five hours.
There a few different techniques that your surgeon may use but typically your surgeon will make a curved incision from one hip to the other to remove any excess skin and fat. Your surgeon will then cut the skin above your belly button, pulling it downwards to tighten it.
How soon will I recover?
You should be able to go home after two to three days and return to work after the second week, depending on your type of job.
The results of an abdominoplasty improve gradually over the first six months. The best results for you will happen if you keep to a healthy weight and exercise regularly.