What is Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgery that can give a firmer, flatter, more defined abdomen by removing loose skin and fat. The abdominal muscles can also be tightened and repaired during this procedure. It is one of the most popular plastic surgery operations in the UK.
A tummy tuck aims to create a smoother abdomen. The surgeon will remove stubborn fat and loose skin that remains even after exercise and diet.
Patients should be aware, however, that a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure. It is most suitable for patients who have excess skin from significant weight loss or pregnancy. Patients should, therefore, aim to reach their optimal weight before considering having a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck procedure can:
Remove loose skin after significant weight loss
Remove excess skin or fat after a pregnancy
Tighten weak stomach muscles
Repair stomach muscles that have separated.
What happens after a tummy tuck?
Patients will need to spend 1 to 3 nights in the hospital for close monitoring. Before patients go home, the surgeon will arrange an appointment to return within a few weeks to have stitches removed (if they are not dissolvable). Patients may not drive for five days to 2 weeks after surgery, depending on the surgeon’s advice. Patients must, therefore, arrange a chaperone to help with transport home.
What to expect from tummy tuck?
It will take some time before patients can see the final results of the surgery. Patients will have bruising and swelling around the abdomen for the first 6 to 8 weeks. Once all the swelling and bruising settles, patients can begin to see the full, permanent results of the tummy tuck. However, patients should be aware that it can take 6 to 9 months before everything ultimately settles.
To preserve the results of the tummy tuck surgery for as long as possible, it is important that patients try to maintain a stable weight through regular exercise and a healthy diet.