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What is an abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty surgery, more commonly known as a tummy tuck surgery, is a surgical procedure that is specifically designed to give your abdomen a smoother and firmer appearance. The surgery itself generally involves the tightening of the abdominal muscles and the removal of excess fat and loose skin that is difficult to get rid of by simply exercising alone.

Over the years, we have found that there are two main causes for patients looking to have an abdominoplasty. Generally, we have found that anyone who has had a significant amount of weight loss opt for a tummy tuck surgery to help them to deal with the excess skin left behind and any stubborn fat that remains after their weight change. Specifically in women, the period after childbirth can often leave them unhappy and uncomfortable with how their body looks and if they are struggling to get their pre-pregnancy body back, a tummy tuck surgery is often the first choice.

When considering opting for an abdominoplasty surgery, it’s important to consider your other options first as abdominoplasty is often considered to be the last option. However, if you want a smoother, firmer and flatter abdomen then it is definitely worth considering abdominoplasty surgery.

What is an abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty surgery, more commonly known as a tummy tuck surgery, is a surgical procedure that is specifically designed to give your abdomen a smoother and firmer appearance. The surgery itself generally involves the tightening of the abdominal muscles and the removal of excess fat and loose skin that is difficult to get rid of by simply exercising alone.

Over the years, we have found that there are two main causes for patients looking to have an abdominoplasty. Generally, we have found that anyone who has had a significant amount of weight loss opt for a tummy tuck surgery to help them to deal with the excess skin left behind and any stubborn fat that remains after their weight change. Specifically in women, the period after childbirth can often leave them unhappy and uncomfortable with how their body looks and if they are struggling to get their pre-pregnancy body back, a tummy tuck surgery is often the first choice.

When considering opting for an abdominoplasty surgery, it’s important to consider your other options first as abdominoplasty is often considered to be the last option. However, if you want a smoother, firmer and flatter abdomen then it is definitely worth considering abdominoplasty surgery.

What should you expect with a tummy tuck?

Deciding you want to have an abdominoplasty surgery carried out can be a decision that has taken you a long time and a lot of effort to decide on, but even after doing all your research you can still be left with questions on what to expect about the surgery, the recovery period and aftercare procedures. Some of the more commonly asked queries are answered below, but if you’re still stuck then we are happy to answer any questions that you have!

In short, the answer is yes. A lot of people confuse a tummy tuck surgery with liposuction or a gastric bypass and isn’t a treatment designed to help you lose weight. In fact, a tummy tuck surgery is performed to help you get rid of any excess skin and fatty deposits following weight loss.

Immediately following your surgery your abdomen will be sore to touch and may cause you some discomfort when you’re moving, as well as showing signs of bruising and swelling for a few weeks following the procedure.

An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic and usually takes around three hours although this is entirely down to the individual patient and their requirements.

It’s a type of surgery that can be performed on both men and women as long as they fall into the criteria of patient who is suitable to have the treatment performed. Although it involves removing some excess fat and skin, it isn’t a suitable treatment for patients who are looking for a way to quickly lose weight.

Following the operation, we recommend getting as much rest as possible and if you do need to move, it’s important to avoid putting any stress on the muscles in your abdomen. One of the most important things is ensuring that you don’t try to do too much too soon until you are feeling comfortable and the pain is starting to ease. Our surgeon will carry out a check on the wound a couple of weeks following the procedure to ensure it is healing correctly, but if you have any concerns we advise seeking advice immediately.

This one is a little more difficult to answer as it varies depending on the job and the recovery of the individual patient. For example, working in an office environment is typically much less strenuous than working within a factory and in this case you would probably be able to go back to work much earlier, though we do recommend taking a break from work for at least 2 or 3 weeks following the surgery.

There will be an instant visible improvement following your surgery, but it can take up to 6 months following your surgery before you see the best results.

What should you expect with a tummy tuck?

Deciding you want to have an abdominoplasty surgery carried out can be a decision that has taken you a long time and a lot of effort to decide on, but even after doing all your research you can still be left with questions on what to expect about the surgery, the recovery period and aftercare procedures. Some of the more commonly asked queries are answered below, but if you’re still stuck then we are happy to answer any questions that you have!

In short, the answer is yes. A lot of people confuse a tummy tuck surgery with liposuction or a gastric bypass and isn’t a treatment designed to help you lose weight. In fact, a tummy tuck surgery is performed to help you get rid of any excess skin and fatty deposits following weight loss.

Immediately following your surgery your abdomen will be sore to touch and may cause you some discomfort when you’re moving, as well as showing signs of bruising and swelling for a few weeks following the procedure.

An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic and usually takes around three hours although this is entirely down to the individual patient and their requirements.

It’s a type of surgery that can be performed on both men and women as long as they fall into the criteria of patient who is suitable to have the treatment performed. Although it involves removing some excess fat and skin, it isn’t a suitable treatment for patients who are looking for a way to quickly lose weight.

Following the operation, we recommend getting as much rest as possible and if you do need to move, it’s important to avoid putting any stress on the muscles in your abdomen. One of the most important things is ensuring that you don’t try to do too much too soon until you are feeling comfortable and the pain is starting to ease. Our surgeon will carry out a check on the wound a couple of weeks following the procedure to ensure it is healing correctly, but if you have any concerns we advise seeking advice immediately.

This one is a little more difficult to answer as it varies depending on the job and the recovery of the individual patient. For example, working in an office environment is typically much less strenuous than working within a factory and in this case you would probably be able to go back to work much earlier, though we do recommend taking a break from work for at least 2 or 3 weeks following the surgery.

There will be an instant visible improvement following your surgery, but it can take up to 6 months following your surgery before you see the best results.

2 – 3 hours in surgery

1 – 2 nights stay in hospital

2 – 3 weeks before driving

4 – 6 weeks before any strenuous exercise

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The minimum age for any consultation or surgical procedure is 18. Certain things, such as becoming pregnant before the surgery, will stop you from being able to proceed forwards from the consultation phase. This will be discussed during your initial consultation.

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The minimum age for any consultation or surgical procedure is 18. Certain things, such as becoming pregnant before the surgery, will stop you from being able to proceed forwards from the consultation phase. This will be discussed during your initial consultation.

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