You may have been left with excess loose skin after substantial weight loss or your skins 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.
What does a tummy tuck involve?
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.
What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?
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:
- Firmer and flatter stomach.
- Less of a gap between your abdominal muscles that may occur after pregnancy.
- The appearance of scars and stretchmarks may be reduced as they are excised during surgery.
Recovery after surgery
- 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.
- A tummy tuck can be quite painful but you will be prescribed pain relief before you leave.
- Scarring is unavoidable but will significantly fade over time.
How long will the effects of my tummy tuck last?
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.
What are the possible complications?
- You may develop swelling under your skin caused by blood or fluid.
- Numbness or pain in your tummy or down your leg.
- Obvious scarring.
- Your wound may not heal as quickly as we would like. You may have to come back to change your dressings. You might also need further surgery to remove tissue.
- It’s important to note that, as with any surgery, results will vary from person to person. It’s essential that you review your expectations before you commit to having surgery.
In preparation for your operation, we advise that you give up smoking six weeks beforehand. Smoking can seriously impede the healing process. The risk of chest infection and coughing is increased which can trigger unwanted bleeding. The blood supply to the skin is also affected which can delay the wound healing.
If you decide to have your tummy tuck with us at The McIndoe Centre, you can select your preferred consultant at any time that suits you. We have some of the most innovative and experienced surgeons who will discuss your options with you in a thorough and expert way.
Prices start from £6090, but the cost of your surgery may change as everyone’s treatment plan is tailored to their specific needs. For more information, we’d be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. Call the Helpline for free and professional advice on: 0800 917 4922.
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