Even individuals of average body weight and proportion can development an abdomen with a ‘saggy’ appearance. The most common causes of this include pregnancy, ageing, heredity, and significant fluctuations in weight – so even exercise and diet can have a downside!
Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, removes excess fat and skin, and restores weakened or separated muscles, creating an abdominal profile that is firmer and smoother.
The procedure for a complete, or full abdominoplasty typically starts with an incision made from hip to hip just above the pubic area. Then, another incision is made to free the navel from the surrounding skin. The skin is detached from the abdominal wall to reveal the muscle fascia, which is tightened with sutures and muscles edges are approximated. After that, the surgeon removes the excess skin and fat. The belly button stalk is then brought out through a new hole and sutured into place.
Liposuction is often performed to refine and improve the abdominal sides. A complete abdominoplasty can take three to five hours.
A partial, or mini, abdominoplasty involves smaller incisions. The skin and fat of the lower abdomen are detached in a more limited fashion from the muscle fascia. The skin is stretched down and excess skin removed. The belly button stalk may be divided from the muscle below and the belly button moved lower on the abdominal wall. A portion of the abdominal muscle fascia wall is then tightened, and liposuction is often used to complete the contour definition. The flap is then stitched back into place. A partial abdominoplasty, or mini-tuck, normally takes one to two hours.
- Achieve a firm abdomen
- Overcome side effects of weight loss
- Remove stretch marks
- Regain a youthful figure
- Reduce back pain
BEFORE & AFTER GALLERY
- 37 year old female full abdominoplasty: Full abdominoplasty resulting in a firmer, flatter abdomen
- 42 year old female mini abdominoplasty: Mini abdominoplasty resulting in subtle difference. But, still a firmer abdomen.
- 30 year old female mini abdominoplasty.: Mini abdominoplasty resulting in a flatter mothers tummy.
Both techniques are not painful, as general or local anaesthetics will numb the area before treatment starts and therefore the patient will not be able to feel anything during their treatment.
If a healthy diet and exercise are maintained, then results are extremely long lasting – usually a one-time procedure.
The main difference between a full and mini ‘tummy tuck’ is the difference in length, shape and number of incisions. Both procedures are performed under general anaesthetic, and have the same purpose – to remove loose skin, unwanted fat and achieve a firmer abdomen.
While a full abdominoplasty can take between 3 to 5 hours, the procedure for a ‘mini’ is more likely 1 to 2 hours. Our surgeons will advise you on the best option for you and your body, during a bespoke consultation.
Like any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with tummy tucks. However, the procedure is very commonly performed and complications are rare in healthy patients.
For the first day or two after surgery, you will need to get as much rest as possible. Most patients return to work 2 weeks after the procedure. However, if their job involves heavy lifting or physical activity, they may need to extend their recovery period. Similarly, strenuous activity should be avoided for at least six weeks.