Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Maintaining the ideal weight through a proper diet and exercise is something that most people try to achieve. Unfortunately, having a flat tummy to accompany the perfect weight is not an obvious result for some people as they find themselves with a loose or sagging abdominal area. Of course, having extra skin in the abdominal area can be pretty frustrating, especially if your weight is just right.
Such circumstances may be caused by uneven weight loss, ageing, or childbirth. And speaking of childbirth, there are conditions like rectus diastasis after giving birth that causes the separation of abdominal muscles. As a result, no amount of exercise can correct the bulge that forms, making such patients ideal candidates for a tummy tuck. Another situation that may call for abdominoplasty is when a patient has issues with their posture. The tightened muscles after the abdominoplasty help strengthen the core and give better support to the patient’s spine.
There’s no better procedure than the tummy tuck if you want to achieve a smooth, firm, and naturally sculpted midsection. Still, you must remember that a tummy tuck is not an alternative to body sculpting exercises, dieting, or other non-surgical weight loss techniques.
What You Should Know Before Opting for a Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty is one of the most invasive surgeries, and that’s why we have the most-qualified plastic surgery UK specialists for the best results. At our plastic surgery clinic in London, the procedure does not just focus on the aesthetic results but medical benefits as well. As standard practice, we will engage the patient in an initial consultation before booking them for an operation. We will consider if the patient has undergone prior surgeries or procedures such as liposuction or if they are contemplating doing both at the clinic.
Eligible candidates have to be as close to their ideal weight as possible and be willing to maintain it for effective long-term results. They should also be a non-smoker and in good health, and if female, not planning to have children in the future. This is because there are four layers of skin that will be sutured during the tuck, and pregnancy may lead to complications in the scar tissue.
One main concern that tummy tuck patients have always expressed is the type of scar that will be left after recovery. A discussion with the patient will give us an idea of the scar pattern based on the bikini or underwear they wear. The bottom line is that we try to keep the incision as low as possible so that the scar will not be too noticeable.
The Actual Abdominoplasty Procedure
Our surgeon will outline the incision area between the navel and the pubic section of the patient. When the surgeon and patient are both satisfied with it, the process can start. An anesthesiologist administers general anaesthesia, and the surgeon will carefully cut along the outline and remove the excess skin in the region. The amount of skin removed varies, and, in some cases, a small amount of fat may be excised too. Your belly button may also require repositioning if a substantive portion of the skin is removed.
As soon as the patient is out of the operating room, our general practitioner will prescribe some antibiotics and pain medications. Mind you, the first few days after the procedure are very critical in the recovery process. Patients will have to wear a compression binder a couple of days afterward to keep the swelling down. Drains will be attached and removed several days after the postoperative fluids have cleared. To achieve the best tummy tuck results, you will require at least two weeks off work before you can resume your regular schedule.