Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty aims to restore a more youthful, toned tummy which has been affected by aging, pregnancy and weight gain that all take their toll on your shape, especially around the waist and hips. Skin laxity and stubborn fat contribute to the heavy abdomen and hips making it difficult to wear the clothes you want and also increasing lower back pain. At London Bridge Plastic Surgery, our many years of surgical expertise ensure that we provide you with a safe, caring, professional service to achieve a natural aesthetic appearance in Abdominoplasty, Tummy Tuck surgery.
Q: What is an Abdominoplasty, Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty, Tummy tuck is a plastic surgical procedure performed to remove excess fat and skin around the lower abdomen to restore a shapely silhouette and achieve a natural aesthetic appearance.
Q: What are the benefits of Abdominoplasty, Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Abdominplasty, Tummy Tuck surgery is performed to reduce the heavy lower abdomen and hips to enable you to wear the clothes you want and boost your self-esteem. A Tummy Tuck can restore a youthful figure following pregnancy of weight loss. Abdominoplasty can improve your posture and reduce lower back pain. Diabetic patients may benefit following an Abdominoplasty by improved blood sugar control or reduced requirements for medication. The improvement in body shape can boost your self confidence and comfort enabling you to exercise effectively to maintain a good body weight and shape.
Q: What is the cost of Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty?
The cost for Tummy Tuck starts from £6240 which may vary depending on your individual case, and includes all of your pre-operative and post-operative care. You will be provided with a detailed quotation following your Consultation. Please read more about our Fees at LBPS
Q: What about the scars following Abdominoplasty, Tummy Tuck?
Unfortunately, it is necessary to have a scar as a result of Abdominoplasty, but every effort is made to minimize the scars and ensure that these are as inconspicuous as possible. The goal is to achieve a scar which is as short as possible and which, once fully healed is barely visible. The scar is placed within the pants line – bikini line usually from hip to hip. The extent of the scar is determined by the amount of excess skin to be removed. There will also be a scar around the umbilicus (belly button).
Q: What are the risks of Abdominoplasty?
Common to all surgical procedures there are always risks associated with surgery. However, Abdominoplasty surgery is a safe procedure when performed by a fully qualified and trained Plastic / Cosmetic Surgeon in Hospitals with a high standard of care. The common risks are bleeding (less than 0.5%), infection (less than 0.5%) delayed skin healing, and seroma collection (fluid under the skin). Each of these risks may require revision surgery. Other risks that may occur are, poor scarring – hypertrophic or keloid, blood clots – DVT and PE (0.5%), asymmetry, numbness of the skin.
Q: What reassurance do I have with Abdominoplasty Surgery?
At LBPS, we understand that Abdominoplasty surgery is an important and daunting decision for you and we aim to support you before, during and long after your surgery. Right from your first contact through to your 1 year follow-up visit, our many years of specialist expertise will ensure that we provide you with the highest standard of care to minimize risks as much as possible and provide the optimum results for you.
Q: Do I need to lose weight before my Abdominoplasty Surgery?
We recommend that you should be as close to your ideal body weight as possible before you undergo an Abdominoplasty surgery. However, many patients find it very difficult to exercise effectively with a heavy lower abdomen. It is important even in this circumstance that you eat a good diet and are losing weight before your surgery.
Q: Does Abdominoplasty require a general anaesthetic or hospitalisation?
Abdominoplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, commonly as a day case or occasionally as an overnight procedure.
Q: How long is the procedure?
Abdominoplasty normally takes approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours to perform depending on the complexity of the surgery.
Q: Am I the ideal patient for Abdominoplasty?
If you would like to improve your body shape because of skin laxity and excess fat in your lower abdomen, which does not reduce with good diet and exercise, and you have been concerned by this for a long time, do not have any serious medical conditions and are not significantly overweight, then an Abdominoplasty, tummy tuck is likely to be suitable for you.
Q: Will the abdominal muscles need to be tightened at the time of my Abdominoplasty?
Stretching of the muscles (Rectus muscles) in the abdomen occurs during pregnancy and also with aging and significant weight gain, resulting in the widening of the youthful waistline. Therefore, at the time of your Abdominoplasty, the muscles will be tightened, if necessary.
Q: Will drains be used at the time of Abdominoplasty?
At LBPS, we believe that any blood or fluid under the abdominal skin leads to inflammation and scarring, which can prolong the healing and lessen the quality of your outcome. Therefore, drains will be placed at the time of your Tummy Tuck surgery. These will be removed before you leave Hospital or may be left until 4 or 5 days after your surgery.
Q: Can Abdominoplasty be combined with any other procedure?
Yes. Commonly, Liposuction or VASER is performed at the time of an Abdominoplasty especially around the hips, outer thighs or inner thighs to achieve an aesthetically balanced shape. Any abdominal hernias can also be repaired at the same surgery. Abdominoplasty can also be combined with Body Lift surgery
, Breast Surgery such as uplift, Mastopexy
or Breast reduction
. What is possible and safe for you will depend on your goals and your individual circumstances.
Q: How long is the recovery time?
Moderate pain / discomfort is expected for 3 – 5 days. Patients can go back to their normal daily activities after 2 weeks, but avoid strenuous exercise / activity for 6 weeks. It will be necessary to wear a support garment for the first 6 weeks, day and night and the second 6 weeks during the day. The majority of swelling will resolve in 4 -6 weeks but it will take up to 3 months to return to normal.
Q: What about the results?
The results are first and foremost natural. The goals of Tummy Tuck surgery are to restore your proportions to achieve a natural aesthetic appearance. The result should boost your self-confidence; allow you to wear the clothes you wish and feel more comfortable.
Q: How long do the results last?
The results of Abdominoplasty surgery are expected to permanent if performed in conjunction with a good diet and exercise. However, you should be aware that if you gain weight following your Tummy Tuck, the results of your surgery will not be optimal.
Q: Is there an alternative to an Abdominoplasty?
A: At the present time there is not an alternative to Abdominoplasty for a person who has significant excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen. However, for patients who desire modest improvement and wish to avoid surgery, non-surgical treatments usually in combination – Ultrashape and Velashape can effectively reduce excess fat and tighten the skin. Both of these treatments provide a painless option with gradual improvement in body contour.