There are two types of Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck: Mini or Full. With a Mini Tummy Tuck, the surgeon makes a large incision across the lower part of the abdomen. They then separate the skin from the abdominal wall, remove excess fat and cut away the excess skin. The remaining skin is then pulled down and stitched together at the line of the first incision.
With a Full Tummy Tuck, the surgeon makes an incision across the lower part of the abdomen, just above the pubic area from hip bone to hip bone. They then make a second incision to free the belly button from the tissue that surrounds it and separates the skin from the abdominal wall. The surgeon then pulls down the muscles and stitches them into their new position, removes any fat deposits and cuts away the excess skin. A new hole is then cut for the belly button and it is then stitched back into place. Finally, the surgeon pulls the remaining skin down and stitches it together at the line of the first incision.
How long does the Procedure take?
The length of the operation will depend on the extent of the surgery, but it could take up to 3 hours to perform.
What Anaesthetic is available?
A Full or Mini Tummy Tuck can be performed either under General Anaesthetic or Local Anaesthetic with IV Sedation. You can discuss which Anaesthetic options are most suitable for you at your initial consultation with the surgeon.
Your stomach should appear flatter and your abdominal muscles should feel and look firmer if they have been repaired during your operation.
Factors to Consider
It may be possible to achieve a flat stomach through healthy dieting and effective exercise. Most plastic surgeons recommend that a Tummy Tuck should be performed to remove excess skin after dieting and exercise has achieved the desired body shape. A Tummy Tuck will not prevent you from gaining weight in the future. Following your operation, you may find it hard to stand up straight and it will feel as if your stomach is tugging. This will disappear over time as the body starts to heal. You may also experience numbness in your abdominal area. The scars from surgery are permanent, but will fade over time (usually after 12 months), although there is a risk that puckering on the outside edge of the scar will remain.