A tummy tuck, technical name abdominoplasty, can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen, increasing comfort and confidence levels by restoring tummy tone.
Why choose abdominoplasty?
If your abdomen has been affected by a cycle of weight gain and loss or impacted by pregnancy or ageing and loss of skin laxity, abdominoplasty surgery also known as a tummy tuck may be an option. A tummy tuck reduces the appearance of your abdomen through removal of excess skin and fat. Individuals often find that this body contouring procedure helps them to feel more content, giving them the self-confidence to wear the clothes they would ideally like to wear.Back to Body Surgery
What can abdominoplasty achieve?
- Restore tummy tone after weight loss and gain
- Remove stubborn excess skin or fatty deposits
- Shape and tone after pregnancy
- Can help ease lower back pain and improve posture
- Boost your confidence for exercise or clothing choices
What are the alternatives to abdominoplasty?
If your fat deposits and area of loose skin are largely in the area below the navel, you may select to undergo a less complex procedure called a partial abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck. Another option is to have abdominoplasty alongside liposuction for improved body contouring or to undergo liposuction on its own. Dr Cotrufo will be happy to take you through the options best suited to your goals during your consultation.
Before your abdominoplasty
Clear communications between yourself and your cosmetic surgery team are vital for a relaxed and comfortable surgery experience. You will start to establish these before surgery takes place during your initial consultation with your surgeon.
During you consultation you will:
- Be able to discuss your circumstances
- Be given time to ask advice and pose questions to Dr Cotrufo
- Undergo a health evaluation
- Have a full assessment of your skin tone and the fat deposits and/or loose skin in the abdomen area
- Discuss the options that are open to you, including costs and timescales
- Ask about risks, benefits and alternatives to abdominoplasty
- Learn more about the tummy tuck procedure
In the run up to your procedure and in the days immediately before surgery, you may be asked to make small changes to your lifestyle and to avoid certain medications or activities.
This may include:
- Taking a blood test or other medical tests
- Stopping smoking
- Adjusting or taking certain medications
- Avoiding aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Refraining from drinking alcohol
- Avoiding overexposure in the sun, particularly to the abdomen
- Committing not to make stringent changes to your diet
If you need a general anaesthetic for your procedure you will be given instructions on how to fast before your surgery.
The abdominoplasty/tummy tuck procedure
- Depending on the complexity of your personal procedure, a tummy tuck will commonly last between 2 and 5 hours
- The steps of the surgical procedure will vary if you are also undergoing other treatments such as liposuction but it will generally involve the removal of some fatty deposits and excess skin
- To do this, your surgeon will make incisions from hipbone to hipbone and to free the navel from surrounding tissue
- Incisions are usually made at the level of the underwear line in order to conceal any possible scarring
- Your tummy muscles may also be tightened during the procedure
- Once the incision(s) is stitched, dressings are applied and temporary tubes inserted to drain excess fluid away
The partial abdominoplasty/mini tummy tuck procedure
- A mini tummy tuck procedure will generally last between 1 and 2.5 hours
- During a mini tummy tuck, a shorter incision is made and the navel usually remains in place, though it may be reshaped when the skin is tightened and stitched
- The skin is separated only between the incision line and the navel. This skin flap is stretched down, the excess removed and the flap is stitched back into place
After your tummy tuck procedure
Once your procedure is complete you are likely to feel bruised and sore, and you may find you have a drip in your arm to maintain hydration. You should be up and around in 24 to 48 hours and we advise a friend or relative drives you home to help you with your tummy tuck recovery.
- You will be able to remove the small drainage tubes inserted during surgery once fluid production reduces
- Moderate pain and discomfort is likely for 3 to 5 days
- You should be able to wash with moderately warm water on the second day after your surgery
- During the healing process, you will need to dress your wound as instructed by the clinic team
- You will be able to return to normal activities after 2 weeks but should continue to avoid strenuous exercise of all types for up to 6 weeks
- Most of the swelling should subside within 4 to 6 weeks, though it may take up to 3 months for the area to return to normal
- A series of aftercare appointments will be scheduled for you to attend, Dr Cotrufo will also be available to discuss your progress via telephone
Do you have more questions about abdominoplasty?
There are a number of differences between a mini tummy tuck and a full abdominoplasty, if you would like to learn more about these variances or what type of procedure is most suited to your personal circumstances and goals, our expert surgeon Dr Cotrufo will be able to guide you through this information. Dr Cotrufo is an expert cosmetic surgeon and reconstructive microsurgery. He has a great deal of experience in carrying out this procedure and is able to carry out tummy tucks with minimal scarring. Should you have any further questions about the procedure or his experience, you can book a consultation by calling 0207 873 2330.