Abdominoplasty or “Tummy Tuck”
A “Tummy Tuck” can help produce a flatter, firmer stomach and a thinner waist. The procedure is used to improve the appearance of the abdomen where there is excessive-loose skin or muscles. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. This type of surgery is ideal for patients with loose or sagging skin, weight loss or ageing. Our surgeons use the most up-to-date methods and techniques.
You may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck if you have excess and sagging skin around the abdominal region, a protruding abdomen that is out of proportion to the rest of your body, abdominal muscles that have separated and weakened or excess fatty tissue concentrated around your abdomen area.
Understanding the procedure:
During your consultation our surgeon will examine your abdomen to assess your skin tone, the degree of loose skin and the condition of your abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck may be performed at the same time as liposuction to remove abdominal fat.
During the Abdominoplasty procedure our surgeon will remove any excessive skin and fat and to tighten any muscle bulges. The surgery can produce results where diet, exercise and liposuction have failed or are not appropriate. Where the problems are mainly below the umbilicus (belly button), the surgery can be less involved, and is often called a ‘mini-tuck’.
Abdominoplasty requires a full anaesthetic. An incision is made across the lower abdomen just above the pubic region. The length of the incision depends on the amount of skin to be removed. The skin and tissues are then separated from the muscle layer and the excess skin is then removed. With a full procedure, the umbilicus is released from the skin, and brought out again in the right position in the final stage of the procedure. Where necessary, the muscles are tightened with special sutures that usually remain in position to provide long-term control.