Tummy tuck is a procedure to improve the appearance of the abdomen.Life events like pregnancy, previous surgery or dramatic weight changes, can cause excess accumulation of fat and/or skin around the abdomen. This may result in a fold of skin (an apron) in the lower front of the abdomen. This may result in physical discomfort, hygiene problems and uneasiness about the appearance of the body. The appearance of the abdomen can be changed with a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty to a leaner shape which would fit better into clothes.
The abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) involves making an incision in the lower abdomen extending from hipbone to hipbone. The surgeon lifts the skin and fat to reveal the underlying muscle. He/she will usually tighten the muscles using a stitch. The surgeon will then stretch the skin back over the new, firmer muscle, removing any excess skin and fat. In cases where fat and excess skin is mainly in the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck, or partial abdominoplasty, may be an option. In this case, a smaller scar can be used. Stitches used are self-dissolving and dressings are removed after 2 weeks. You will be asked to wear a compression garment for 6 weeks. Surgical drains are usually used in these procedures and will be removed before you are discharged.
This procedure results in a scar in the lower abdomen and around the umbilicus.
In cases where there is excess fat in the upper abdomen and flanks, liposuction can be performed at the same time as an abdominoplasty. This can help to produce a better shape in selected cases. Not everyone requesting a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) needs or desires liposuction.
Risks and potential complications
While the tummy tuck will result in scarring, the surgeon will try and make sure that this scarring is as inconspicuous as possible. Directly following the procedure, patients will experience some pain, soreness, swelling, or bruising around the abdomen. Potential complications include haematoma (accumulation of blood in the wound due to excessive bleeding), infection, loss of skin (which may need skin grafting ), wide or lumpy scars, loss of sensation in lower abdomen and upper thighs, dog ears (folds of tissue at ends of scars, which may need to be surgically corrected), seroma (collection of tissue fluid in the wound which may need to be darined), DVT and PE (seroious and potentially life threatning risks).
Our patients remain under our care until fully healed. You will be seen by the surgeon who performed your surgery until everything if fully settled. If there is a complication or less then optimal result, which is directly related to the surgery and can be corrected or improved with surgery, we will provide that surgery as part of your package of up to a year from your surgery.
All surgical procedures carry certain risks and there are limitations of what can be achieved. A full and frank discussion with the surgeon is the only way to gain a clear insight into the procedure and allow you to make an informed decision about your surgery. For more information about tummy tuck surgery, please visit www.sthetix.co.uk