Abdominoplasty / Tummy tuck Cost
AT A GLANCE
Expected results: Improved abdominal contouring
Length of surgery: 2 – 3 hours
Recovery: Up to 6 weeks
What is a tummy tuck?
Fluctuations in weight or significant changes in body shape due to pregnancy, can alter the appearance of the body. When skin is stretched for long periods of time, it will not shrink back and results in loose skin which hangs. Tummy-tuck surgery not only helps to create a more aesthetically pleasing shape through removal of excess skin, but can also help to firm the abdomen. Tummy-tuck surgery is not a weight loss solution but is something that can be considered at the end of a weight-loss journey. Tummy tuck surgery is a very common procedure that I carry out, with common reasons being:
- Loose skin following pregnancy
- Loose skin following significant weight loss
- Loss of elasticity in the skin over time resulting in wrinkled or hanging skin.
During the consultation I will need to examine your abdomen to assess the skin and your muscle tone and also to identify any pre-existing scars and / or abdominal conditions (such as hernia) which can affect how your tummy-tuck is carried out. I will take a full medical history from you which involves asking you about your general health.
There are a number of different types of tummy-tuck (mini, full, extended, fleur-de-lis) and I will advise you as to which I think would suit you and your desired outcome. During the consultation I will show you ‘before and after’ photographs of different types of tummy tuck that I have performed and the range of outcomes that can be achieved. The decision to have surgery is an important one and there’s a lot of information to absorb in order to help make that decision. I will always offer a second consultation before surgery goes ahead, so that you have had adequate time to reflect upon our initial consultation and so that we can address any concerns, as well as to go over the details again along with any unanswered questions.
Full abdominoplasty – the most common type of tummy-tuck. This approach removes excess skin from between the belly button and the pubic area and tightens the muscles. During this procedure the belly button is also repositioned.
Extended or fleur de lis abdominoplasty – in this type of tummy tuck, the amount of skin removed is more than for a full abdominoplasty and is usually only suitable for those patients who have lost a lot of weight and are left with significant amounts of excess skin in the upper and lower abdomen. In this procedure, a vertical scar is also introduced.
Mini tummy tuck surgery- This is only suited for those who have a minimal amount of excess skin. During the procedure this excess skin is removed but there is no need to reposition the belly button. The surgery takes approximately one hour and can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic.
With all types of tummy-tuck, liposuction can also be used as an additional procedure to help contour the abdomen and create definition.
AFTERCARE & RESULTS
Following surgery you can expect the stomach area to feel a bit tender with swelling and bruising lasting for a few weeks. Aftercare advice and wearing a post-surgical garment will help you to manage the discomfort and help to speed up your recovery.
It is expected that you will be up and about from the first day of your surgery, but it can take a few weeks before you are fully back to your usual everyday routines and activities. It is likely that you will need to take some time off work and to gradually increase your activity levels until your body feels comfortable to move around more easily. Although you will see an immediate result following surgery, the final outcome may not be visible for several weeks as the swelling takes time to resolve.
Tummy Tuck FAQ’S
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Tummy Tuck Before & After Pictures
Please see below some of my patients who have had Breast Reduction at my Harley Street Clinic in London.