A tummy tuck is also known as abdominoplasty. This is a surgical procedure designed to reduce excess skin and tighten the muscle below the skin. There are several types of abdominoplasty, including a mini tummy tuck or full tummy tuck. Which you need is determined during a consultation. However a tummy tuck is a safe procedure if done by expert surgeons.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
Frequently Asked Questions
Making the decision to undergo surgical procedures can be a difficult one, and there are many questions you may have. Please read the frequently asked questions below which may answer any queries or ease any concerns you may have.
How can a tummy tuck surgery improve my appearance?
Like procedures such as liposuction and liposculpture, an abdominoplasty is a body contouring surgery. This means it’s designed to improve the shape and aesthetics of your body, specifically the midsection in the case of tummy tuck revision surgery.
Due to the varying types of surgery available, the overall improvements will vary, but the aim is to reduce excess unwanted skin, contour the mid section and leave you feeling more confident in the way your body looks overall.
Who is suitable for this type of surgery?
Surgery to rejuvenate abdomen is most commonly sought by female patients looking to improve their midsection after having children. However, both men and women seek abdominoplasty procedures as a result of weight loss. A consultation is essential to determine whether this is the most suitable procedure for you.
What happens during tummy tuck surgery?
Your surgeon will make an incision in order to remove excess skin. This incision will vary in location depending on what you wish to achieve, but this will be discussed with you before the procedure takes place.
Excess fat and skin is removed, and muscles can be tightened if this is necessary. In some cases, fat transfer or fat removal surgery is combined with abdominoplasty. The incisions are then closed, and you’re taken to a ward to rest.
This type of body rejuvenation surgery takes 2 hours, on average, but this will vary depending on the patient.
Do you use drains in a tummy tuck?
Some surgeons do and some do not. This can be discussed in the consultation. If drains are used, they are usually removed before you leave the hospital and go home. Drain removal is usually painless.
How soon can I return to work after tummy tuck?
This will vary according to your occupation. Your surgeon will discuss this with you. In general, desk-based jobs might be suitable to return to within 7-10 days. More physical jobs will require more time.
Do I need to wear a surgical garment after tummy tuck surgery?
Normally this is likely to be the case. Compression garments help compress the skin against the muscle wall of the abdomen and can reduce the risk of contour problems and fluid build-up or swelling. The garment is usually supplied at the time of surgery and is worn for 4-6 weeks post-op depending on your surgeon’s protocols.
What is the recovery like?
You might stay overnight, especially if you’ve had general anaesthetic. There will be some swelling and bruising, which is normal, and painkillers can be prescribed to manage any discomfort.
Patients are given full aftercare information, including how to care for your scars and when you’re likely to be able to return to work. On average, patients usually take around 4-8 weeks to recover, but this varies patient to patient.
How long do the results of a tummy tuck last?
Providing you don’t gain weight again the results will be long lasting. You will have a scar but most patients agree this is a fair trade for a rejuvenated look. If you are considering a tummy tuck it’s better to do so after you’ve finished having children.
Who should you trust to perform body contouring surgery?
Here at LASE Cosmetic in Newcastle, we have a team of plastic surgeons and body contouring experts ready to treat you. If you decide to go ahead with surgery, our team of skilled surgeons will give you honest advice on how best to book and undergo a tummy tuck. Our experts are also very experianced in tummy tuck revision surgery.