If you are unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen, you may have considered undergoing a tummy tuck procedure.

Also known as abdominoplasty, the procedure achieves a firmer, tighter abdominal contour. Find out what the surgery involves, and if you’re an ideal candidate…

What is the purpose of a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure in which the abdominal contour is improved. During the procedure, any excess abdominal tissue is removed, and the tissue above the belly button is tightened. The flanks, commonly referred to as love handles, are also removed.

Am I an ideal candidate?

The decision to undergo a tummy tuck procedure is very personal, and it’s important that you do it for yourself, rather than as a result of social pressure. At your initial consultation, we will discuss your options with you, and answer any questions you might have. This is a good time to explain your goals and expectations, so that we can formulate a plan customised to your needs.

Before you undergo surgery, it’s important that you are generally healthy and at a stable weight. Abdominoplasty is a body contouring procedure, rather than a weight loss surgery, so you should have a healthy BMI in order to go ahead with the operation.

What does the procedure involve?

Before you undergo surgery, you will come in for a consultation so that we can evaluate your health and discuss any health conditions you might have. We’ll take time to discuss your surgical options, and we encourage you to ask us any questions you have about how the procedure works, what you can expect afterwards, and anything else you have on your mind.

On the day of the procedure itself, you will be given an anaesthetic before the surgery begins. In the case of a full tummy tuck, your surgeon will make a horizontal incision between the belly button and the pubic hairline. The abdominal skin will be lifted, and the underlying abdominal muscles will be tightened. In some cases, an incision may be made around the navel in order to remove excess skin from the area of the upper abdomen. Once the excess skin has been removed and the muscles have been adequately repaired, the incisions are closed.

How long does recovery take?

Each patient is different when it comes to the recovery period, and we will explain how to care for your wounds and any drains that may be placed. We will prescribe medications to help ease any pain and discomfort and to reduce the risk of infection at the site of surgery.

Your incisions will be dressed with bandages, and we recommend that you wear a compression garment while your body heals. This will help to minimise swelling and provide support to your abdomen during the recovery period. We will advise you as to when you should come in for a follow-up consultation, and let you know when you can resume your normal activities and exercise regime.

What kind of results can I expect after surgery?

You are likely to experience some bruising and swelling following surgery, so you will only start to notice the results of the procedure once these side effects have resolved. You will begin to see the results of your tummy tuck after a week or two, and you will notice a much flatter and firmer abdominal contour. You may notice some scarring, which will gradually fade over time.

To find out more about the tummy tuck procedure and the other surgical body procedures that we offer, have a look here. Before you opt for a body procedure, an initial assessment and consultation is required. This helps to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatment for your desired outcome. Get in touch with the team at Camberwell Plastic Surgery to arrange a consultation.