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Surgery of the abdomen is generally called an ‘abdominoplasty’ or ‘tummy tuck’ procedure. Its main objective is to tighten up the stomach and lower chest with firmer skin, more clearly defined musculature and an overall flatter abdominal profile. It does this by removing excess skin and fat, and consolidating the abdominal muscle wall.
Any abdominoplasty will involve at least one incision, but certain cases may require more. All, however, utilise a similar process.
- You will be administered general anaesthetic or I/V sedation for smaller operations.
- A horizontal incision will be placed just around or above the pelvic area. The exact location will depend on how much skin needs to be removed, whether or not there are stretch marks to get rid of and how easily the scar can be concealed by your preferred undergarments.
- If necessary, a second incision will be placed above the belly button. This is for patients that have excess skin above the navel. By placing a second incision here, the operation can be carried out while ensuring the navel’s location remains unchanged.
- Excess skin will be removed and stubborn sub-dermal fat deposits will get liposuctioned out.
- Underlying abdominal muscles will be tightened with sutures if required. This is most frequently done for patients that have been pregnant or lost a lot of weight in the past.
- The incisions are stitched up and bandages are applied suitably.
The entire operation takes anywhere from 2-3 hours, and your anaesthetist will be next to you the entire time to make sure you safely sleep through it. Recovery times vary largely depending on the patient and the surgical parameters, but you will enjoy normal walking and movement within five days, even after the most extensive abdominoplasty.
A common variation of this surgery is known as a mini-tuck or partial abdominoplasty. This is employed when the amount of loose skin is minimal and all excess fat deposits are situated below the navel. The process is similar, but it can be done with just one small incision and localised rather than general anaesthetic.
Our frequently asked questions are meant to provide you with a guide to some common concerns regarding our most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. For full details on any surgical or non-surgical procedure performed in our clinics, we recommend booking a consultation with one of our highly experienced surgeons.
Will there be much scarring?A tummy tuck scar can be long and take months to fade. However, the scar is usually placed along the covered bikini line so it is still slightly hidden.
Can I get pregnant after a Tummy Tuck?The short answer to this is yes. A Tummy Tuck will not prevent your stomach from further growth, whether that be from pregnancy or excessive weight gain. After your pregnancy you may experience some damage to your stomach, however, this depends on the individual.
What can men do to reduce their breast size?Our frequently asked questions are meant to provide you with a guide to some common concerns regarding our most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. For full details on any surgical or non-surgical procedure performed in our clinics, we recommend booking a consultation with one of our highly experienced surgeons.