The best candidates for tummy tucks, or abdominoplasty as some people call it, are women or men who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin around their stomachs. This can be distressing for women or men particularly as it can distort their body shape. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have weak abdominal muscles and are annoyed by loose skin that has been over-stretched and no longer responds to diet and exercise. For those who have experienced a massive loss in weight, their only alternative to lose overhanging skin is surgery.
If you are intending to lose a lot of weight, then you should postpone the surgery until the optimum weight has been achieved. Also, women who are planning future pregnancies should wait as vertical muscles in the abdomen are tightened during surgery which can separate again during pregnancy. There are different types of tummy tucks depending on each case, our specialist will assess you and recommend what will be the best course of action to ensure optimum results. Many patients combine their tummy tuck surgery with other cosmetic procedures such as liposuction and breast augmentation or reduction which can be combined under one general anaesthesia.
- Surgery time 2 – 3 hours
- Hospital stay 1 – 2 nights
- Anaesthesia General
- Time off work 2 weeks
- Getting back to normal including being able to do sports: 4 – 6 weeks. However a full recovery from the swelling and bruising can take up to 6 months