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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Many of us strive in vain for a flat and well-toned abdomen through exercise and weight control. Sadly, sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals. Even those with normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging, due most commonly to pregnancy, ageing, or fluctuations in weight.

Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a ‘tummy tuck’, can create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. It can give a tighter, flatter abdominal wall and remove or reduce the appearance of stretch marks on the lower abdomen and of cesarean scars.

There are several types of tummy tuck, depending on the problem, in other words on the amount of skin and fat which needs to be removed.

Mini tummy tuck

This procedure is often an excellent option for those who have a small amount of abdominal skin to be removed. The operation involves making a curved incision along the bikini line and removing the skin and fat below the umbilicus (belly button). The length of the incision will depend on the amount of skin to be removed, however, it will generally be smaller than the incision required for a standard tummy tuck. This procedure does not require repositioning the umbilicus (belly button). In some cases liposuction is also performed to help sculpt the tummy into the desired shape.

Mini tummy tuck surgery is usually performed under local anaesthesia with sedation as a day case.

Standard tummy tuck

The surgeon will make incisions in the abdomen, above the bikini line and will isolate the belly button from the surrounding skin. He will then pull stretched or torn muscles together and stitch them in place (if there is abdominal muscle diastasis), remove excess fat, pull up the and trim off the excess skin, reposition the belly button and finally close the incisions with stitches and strap the lower abdomen with bandages.

This procedure is usually performed under general anaesthesia and an overnight stay in the clinic is necessary.

In all cases a supporting garment will need to be worn from three to six weeks and sutures will be removed in 10 to 14 days after surgery.

 

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