Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
After weight loss or pregnancy, many people find their abdominal muscles are weak and the skin in that area has become looser and droopy. Despite diet and exercise, this may be difficult to change and can cause self-consciousness. During the procedure the excess skin is removed. In some cases excess fat is also removed both surgically and with the aid of liposuction, the muscles can also be tightened leaving a firmer flatter abdomen. Tummy tucks are a popular procedure and excellent results can be achieved.
Many patients choose to combine a tummy tuck with having liposuction to streamline their figure. They have liposuction to their waist area to create a new slimmer waistline, they can also have liposuction to other areas (the torso, thighs etc.).
The tummy tuck procedure can take around 2 hours under general anaesthetic and usually requires an overnight stay in hospital. During the procedure, all loose excess skin and fatty tissue are removed through an incision which extends across the lower abdomen, usually across the bikini area and the abdominal muscles are repaired and tightened. The tightened abdominal wall gives you a flatter, firmer tummy.