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Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty)

A procedure performed on women post pregnancy or after large weight loss to reduce an excess of skin that may result in a tummy flap (apron). This procedure is also performed on a number of men for excess skin post weight loss.

Often women can be so unhappy and embarrassed by the appearance of their stomach that it can affect several aspects of their life on a daily basis from clothes shopping, sporting activities, intimate relationships, to confidence within the work place. They will often cover up at all times with large baggy clothes so as not to emphasise the area.

During pregnancy and after a large weight loss we can not always be sure how our skin will ‘shrink’ back. Skin elasticity is not always that good despite how well we moisturise it and care for it and we are left, having maybe lost our excess weight gained in pregnancy with a loose tummy that has a crepe appearance, often with a large amount of stretch marks visible. This can also be the case for some women and men who have lost weight with diet or exercise.

Despite the weight loss and an increase in exercise the skin will sadly not improve and often surgery becomes necessary. On occasion during the pregnancy the abdominal muscles become damaged and also require surgical intervention which will be performed during the abdominoplasty procedure. These muscles will again not repair themselves with exercise (sit ups) alone.

We can offer a confidential medical consultation where you will be assessed for your suitability for the procedure; you will be talked through the whole process in words that you can understand. During your consultation we will show you photographs of other ladies’ results and discuss all of the pre and post operative care, detailing the pros and cons so that you may make an informed decision.

The surgery will be performed by one of our highly experienced, fully qualified cosmetic plastic surgeons whom you will have already met at your consultation. All of our surgeons are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) on their specialist register for plastic/cosmetic surgery. Their details are available for you to check prior to your surgery.

A general anaesthetic will be required and a one or two night stay in hospital.
On average two weeks will be required off work depending on the type of job you do and you will be required to wear a supportive abdominal ‘corset’ post operatively for several weeks.

Your after care plan will be formulated by the Registered General Nurse in conjunction with your surgeon and there is always a nurse/doctor on call for you 24 hours per day should you need advice post operatively.

For more details on Tummy Tuck (Abdominplasty) please call us to arrange a personal consultation on 01242-221999.