TUMMY TUCKS (ABDOMINOPLASTY)
Struggling to get a flat tummy through exercise and diet? You’re not alone.
Even with exercise and weight control is not always possible to achieve a flat tummy and if you’re lucky enough or work hard enough to have the right body weight and proportions, you can still develop a protruding or saggy abdomen.
For women, pregnancy can be a factor in this and for everyone, ageing, your genes and weight fluctuation can also be a common cause. In some cases, it can even be because of previous surgery.
Tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) are not a way to lose weight or hide stretch marks (it will only get rid of stretch marks on the skin surgically removed), it’s a way to tighten up the stomach region and give you the shape you want.
For those planning future pregnancies or are losing weight, it’s best to consider any such procedure after you’ve achieved those goals or completed your family.
You need a skilled surgeon for this work such as our expert Mr Netri, who can keep your scar to the minimum (it’s will be along the pubic line) and can work with you on the best operations to achieve the results you want.
Your tummy tuck will be carried out under a general anaesthesia so you will be unconscious throughout.
Thanks to Mr Netri’s skill, your scar will run from hip to hip above your pubic hairline and in most cases will be covered by underwear or swimwear. The shape and length of the scar will be determined how much excess skin you have, so for some people, may be visible.
Tummy tucks work by pulling the upper abdominal skin down and getting rid of the excess skin before stitching the remaining skin together and repairing the muscle.
It means you will need a new opening for the belly button and your navel restored is repositioned leaving a small scar.
If you’re considering a tummy tuck, then here’s our check list:
- You are over 18.
- You are healthy and don’t smoke.
- You are unhappy with appearance of tummy.
- You’re realistic about the results.
A tummy tuck ((Abdominoplasty) is surgery and there are always risks, however unlikely, involved in surgery. That’s why Inspire Cosmetic Surgeons only use the best, and highly skilled surgeons such as Mr Netri, who has specialises in this field.
In the consultation process you will be guided through your decision for a tummy tuck and then it’s your decision to compare the risks, however unlikely, against your desires and dreams.
Every patient must sign a consent form and it’s our duty to tell you all about the risks and any potential complications as well as the benefits.
Potential risks could include:
- Anaesthesia risks.
- Bleeding and a possible need for a transfusion.
- Seroma which is a build-up of fluid that may need to be drained and/or prolonged swelling.
- Necrosis (skin loss).
- Numbness or other changes in sensitivity that could be permanent.
- Poor healing.
- Bad scarring of the wound.
- Recurrent looseness of skin.
- Persistent pain.
- Unsatisfactory aesthetic result.
- Possibility of having revision surgery.
- DVT, cardiac and pulmonary complications.
All these risks and others will be fully discussed by Mr Netri before you sign the consent form.
A tummy tuck normally means one or two nights stay in hospital depending on your circumstances and the time will be agreed at your consultation.
You can start to drive and return to work k as early as two weeks after surgery.
You will need to wear a compression garment day and night for four to six weeks to keep swelling down and to support your abdomen as it heals following surgery.
Before leaving the hospital, you will be given specific instructions on how to care for your abdomen, what medication to take and when to follow-up with Mr Netri.
You will need to keep the dressing clean and dry for two weeks and can’t exercise or carry out any heavy lifting for six weeks after surgery.
Because of the scarring and swelling it normally takes a year (in some cases longer) to see the full results of your tummy tuck but the good news is it will look flatter and firmer, creating the contour you want.
Results vary for everyone as we’re all anatomically different and remember when we take you through pictures during our consultation, these are used as a guide to explain the kind of result that you want so Mr Netri understand your needs, but the results can be significantly different from the images shown.
Your tummy tuck consultation with Mr Netri and our practice nurse will make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
It will last approximately one hour and means you can clearly chat through why you are considering a tummy tuck, what you’re expecting, any concerns you have and what you want the results to be.
Mr Netri will also speak to you about your family and your own medical history. He will also need your permission to contact your GP to get your medical records.
In some cases, a psychological assessment may be required as recommended by new guidelines for cosmetic surgery in the UK.
Based on a physical examination it is then the time to discuss what your options are and what the results will be. Mr Netri will also explain in detail the operation, risks and possible associated complications.
Although we said an hour, you will have all the time that you need to ask questions and Mr Netri will do his best to answer these as clearly as possible.
You will be offered a second consultation to talk through the surgical plan again in detail and to ask any additional question that you might have forgotten during your first appointment.
We want to make sure this is the right decision for you, and we have a minimum 14 day cooling off period where you can change your mind. This is counted from your last consultation to the date of the procedure.
One average between £6,000 to £7,000 and may vary if liposuction is needed.
The price varies depending upon facility and costs include:
- Anaesthesia fees.
- Hospital costs.
- Surgeon fees.
*Extra costs can be applied for tests, medication and compression garments