Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is an operation that removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen. The surgeon’s aim is to produce a flatter and tighter tummy and to improve the abdominal contour and profile. Tightening of the muscles and some liposuction may be needed at the same time.
The type and amount of surgery varies depending on the condition and the amount of excess skin and fat that needs to be removed. Many factors need to be taken into account including the condition of the abdominal muscles and the weight of the patient.
If you are overweight or obese it is advisable to lose weight first and adopt a healthier life-style before any surgery. It is always best to be as close as possible to your ideal weight before having this operation.
You will be fully informed about the implications of having this operation, including the position and length of the scars and any possible short-term or long-term complication. Depending on the type of tummy tuck, the procedure can take one-and-a-half to four hours under General Anaesthesia with one to three nights hospital stay and in some cases can be performed as a day case under Local Anaesthetic with sedation.
Your Westbourne Centre surgeon will give impartial advice and have a thorough discussion with you on the nature of the surgery, your suitability for it and the type of tummy tuck that can produce the optimum result in your case. We can also advise on dieting and nutrition.