Tummy tuck surgery can be done in many different ways. A small procedure might leave a 20cm horizontal scar in the lower abdomen while a complete body lift would leave a scar around the whole trunk.
Preparing for a tummy tuck
In a smaller procedure, the navel is left untouched but in most procedures, it is repositioned to allow more skin and fat to be removed. In this case, there will be a small scar around the navel as well as a much longer scar going across in the bikini line.
Occasionally the rectus muscles, or ‘six-pack’ which lie vertically on either side of the midline, have separated, so during the operation, they would be stitched back together.
This operation removes skin and fat from the anterior abdominal wall but will do little to the muscle wall of the abdomen so if the muscles are not in good shape exercise will be required to achieve the best result.
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Frequently Asked Questions
You could be a candidate for tummy tuck surgery if you experience any of the following:
- You have surplus skin and fat on your abdomen following pregnancy
- You have surplus skin and fat on your abdomen following rapid weight loss or bariatric surgery
- You have an ‘overhang’ that you cannot get rid of, no matter what changes you make to your diet or exercise activity
Every patient will have undergone a full consultation with Paul so that patients are made fully aware and comfortable before entering into any surgery.
The hospital where your operation is taking place will provide patients with full detailed written instructions on preparing for surgery.
Tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anaesthesia meaning patients are not prohibited to eat or drink 6 hours prior to the operation, and the hospital stay will vary from day case to 3 nights as an inpatient.
The recovery process can be different depending on the patient
The hospital stay varies from only a day as an outpatient to three nights as an inpatient.
Most patients recovering from Tummy Tuck surgery will usually:
- Be able to walk straight away
- Be able to return to work and drive within a couple of weeks
- Be able to run within 3 months
- Be able to perform sit-ups after 6 months