A tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fatty tissue in order to give a flatter appearance to the stomach. Tummy tucks, also known as abdominoplasties, are ideal for patients who are not excessively overweight but suffer from an overhang of skin around the abdomen.
Patients requiring a tummy tuck will usually have stretched skin or an apron of skin to the front of the tummy following either pregnancy or weight loss. People who have lost a significant amount of weight sometimes require a larger tummy tuck called a Fleur De Lis which takes in greater areas of excess loose skin around the sides of the body as well. In certain cases following massive weight loss where the loose skin extends around the back, a patient may require a full body lift to remove all of this excess skin.
Performed under general anaesthetic, tummy tucks involve a horizontal incision being made just above the pubic area between the hip bones. Skin and fatty tissue is separated from the muscle and the area is tightened, with the excess skin and fatty tissues then being pulled downwards and removed.
If required, liposuction may also be performed to the problem area during the tummy tuck to remove further excess fat.
Following your tummy tuck, there will be a scar present across the lower abdomen, but this will gradually fade. You may experience moderate tissue swelling for several months, but this will disappear with time. There may also be a temporary sensation reduction just above the pubic area.
Once your tummy tuck recovery is complete however, you’ll benefit from a more attractive figure and the ability to wear a wider selection of clothes. A tummy tuck typically involves two night’s stay in hospital and most patients will take two weeks off work.
Patients often combine tummy tuck surgery with liposuction to achieve the desired result in one session.