The abdominoplasty procedure, commonly known as “tummy tuck” is a procedure that reshapes the stomach/abdomen area to give a flatter, smoother profile.
The procedure is ideal for:
- Removing excess skin and fat, perhaps after pregnancy or weight loss
- Tightening abdominal muscles, so that the firmer profile can be maintained
- People whose “tummy bulge” or “pot belly” is resistant to diet and exercise – this may be genetic
The procedure is suitable for both women and men.
Tummy Tuck Surgery: Abdominoplasty Step by Step
This diagram shows the surgeon’s incisions, which will remove the excess skin and fat.
After the operation, the scars will be in the positions shown and will fade with time. The stomach will, of course, be significantly flatter immediately after surgery.
Watch Julie Stansfield Tummy Tuck Surgery Story Here
After losing 9 stone with the help of a gastric bypass, Julie decided to have a tummy tuck to correct the excess skin that her weight loss had left her with. She now has a perfectly trim, flat stomach that people 20 years her junior would envy.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Is Abdominoplasty a good way to lose weight?
Diet and exercise are the best means of removing unwanted fat. However, an abdominoplasty can be a solution to eliminating unwanted, unsightly excess skin that is caused by weight loss and tightening a “tummy bulge” that is resistant to exercise.
Q: Will I have any scars after my tummy tuck surgery?
Yes. An incision is generally made from one hip to the other along the bikini line, which could later be camouflaged by underwear. The scar for an abdominoplasty is usually placed across the lower abdomen. It can stretch from one side to the other depending on the size of the stomach. All surgery results in some sort of scar and all scars take time to soften and fade. You will not see the final appearance of your scar for up to a year after surgery.
Q: Is there anything I can do to reduce scarring or bruising?
For the first day or two after an abdominoplasty most doctors recommend that you have as much rest as possible. Some patients feel that applying vitamin E or aloe vera to the scar may help. If you apply these creams do not rub the scar for about six weeks because you can damage the fragile new tissue. If you have tapes or stitches in place, do not use any cream or lotion unless instructed.
You should also wear the appropriate post-surgical compression garment, which will aid healing. The specialist 3-panel abdominal binder is available in our online shop with 10% saving, or can be purchased at Dolan Park Hospital, where your surgery will take place or at selected clinics.
The three panels of the binder apply the correct pressure to the abdominal region, which aids final result . This stops fluid from building up, it prevents swelling and reduces bleeding. The binder is fastened with Velcro to allow easy adjustment of binder. Tummy Tuck Patients need to wear this binder for 6 weeks. Larger abdominoplasty procedures may have to wear a binder AND a girdle. You will be discharged in one of these post surgery, however due to the length of time the garment needs to be worn patients often feel that is better to replace the garment.
Q: Can men benefit from abdominoplasty?
Yes, there are now many men that are also taking advantage of abdominoplasty for treating a large stomach.
Deciding on any form of cosmetic surgery is a big decision and you’ll need to know you’re in safe hands and be confident in your choice.
A good surgeon will look at your medical history, listen very carefully to your requirements and give you honest, expert advice on what sort of result you could expect from tummy tuck surgery.
Your surgeon will help you understand the risks and benefits of any surgery and also advise on what to expect at the hospital, explaining the procedure in detail and outlining the recovery/healing process as well as aftercare.
We take the consultation stage very seriously at The Hospital Group and provide this service free and without any further obligation, so that you can be fully informed about your cosmetic surgery options.