You may have been left with excess loose skin after substantial weight loss or your skin's elasticity may be lost post-pregnancy. This procedure is not limited to women, the number of men electing to have a tummy tuck has increased sharply over the last few years. One of the most important aspects of surgery is your consultation. Our surgeons are there to advise you, listen to your concerns and discuss what you want to achieve.
A tummy tuck will tighten your stomach muscles, giving you a tauter and flatter stomach. During a tummy tuck, your surgeon will make a curved incision across your lower tummy, from hip to hip, just above the pubic area. Excess skin and fat will then be removed between the pubic area and your belly button. Your abdominal muscles will be realigned and tightened before the skin of the abdominal wall is drawn down to stitch at the level of your pubic line.
The procedure is usually carried out under general anaesthetic, so you may be expected to stay in hospital between one and three days. It can take between two and five hours to complete the operation. A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss surgery and is inappropriate if you are over-weight.
After weight loss or pregnancy, it can be difficult to get your body to bounce back. Despite a concerted effort with your exercise regime and a good diet, sometimes excess skin just won’t shift. Some of the benefits include:
When it’s time for you to leave hospital, you will be given a follow-up appointment with your consultant and a date for your stitch removal.You will need to plan up to two weeks off work so you can recover comfortably at home. It takes up to six weeks to fully recover. Do not drive until fully confident behind the wheel, remember to check your insurance policy. You’ll need to wear a customised corset or tummy control pants to promote healing and reduce swelling for a few weeks.You will be advised on which exercises you can do to improve the tone of your abdominal muscles.
There should be no need for repeat surgery, but to maintain your new figure you must exercise and eat well. If you become pregnant or put on a lot of weight and lose it again, there will be less excess skin than before the operation but you may want to consider another tummy tuck.
As with all surgical procedures, there can be some risks. At The McIndoe Centre, we do everything we can to minimise risk of complications. Your surgeon will talk to you about any possible specific complications before you decide to have your operation.
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