What is an Abdominoplasty?
A tummy tuck, or ‘abdominoplasty’, is a surgical procedure that helps to improve the shape of the tummy area. The procedure involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen area and tightening the muscles to create a more toned appearance.
All treatments are tailored to the individual and personal experiences and results may vary. We recommend a one to one consultation with our Treatment Coordinators to discuss your treatment options.
Types of Abdominoplasty surgical techniques:
- Full abdominoplasty: This is recommended for patients with excess skin. The surgeon will make an incision to the abdomen to remove excess skin and fat. They will also realign the abdominal muscles and separate the connective tissues around the belly button, so that it can be repositioned.
- Mini abdominoplasty: This procedure is offered to patients with minor excess skin. A smaller cut is made across the lower tummy to remove the excess skin and fat.
- Endoscopic abdominoplasty: This technique is effective for tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall.
- Extended abdominoplasty: Also known as the ‘Fleur De Lis Abdominoplasty’, this body contouring procedure eliminates excess fat and skin on the stomach, using a vertical and horizontal incision.
All of the surgical procedures above are performed under a general anaesthetic and usually take between 2 – 5 hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. During your consultation with our Treatment Coordinator, you will be scheduled to meet with a surgeon to discuss which of these techniques is most suited to your needs.
Am I suitable for an abdominoplasty?
An abdominoplasty procedure is not a quick fix for losing weight. It is most suitable for patients who have excess or loose skin around the abdomen area from weight loss or pregnancy.
Before considering this operation it is important that you are maintaining a stable weight. Your consultant may suggest postponing the operation if you aim to lose a lot of weight or you are considering a future pregnancy.
What happens during the procedure?
Different techniques are used depending on the type of abdominoplasty procedure you require. With a full abdominoplasty, excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen and connective tissues and muscles are tightened. The remaining skin and the belly button are then repositioned to create a smooth and more toned looking tummy.
The operation is carried out under a general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep throughout the procedure and unable to feel any pain. A full abdominoplasty can take between two to five hours and usually requires an overnight stay in our partner private hospital.
A mini abdominoplasty is a modified tummy tuck that uses a shorter C-section-like incision to remove less excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. An endoscopic abdominoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure, compared to the full tummy tuck and is used to address weakened stomach muscles and not excess skin or fat. An extended abdominoplasty procedure is an extension to the full tummy tuck. The surgeon will also remove excess skin from the patient’s hip area.
Summary of Abdominoplasty Procedure
- Procedure Time 2-5 hours*
- Back To Work 2 weeks
- Anaesthetic General anaesthetic
- Downtime 1-6 weeks
- Duration Of Results Depending on the patient
- Results Permanent*
*Individual results may vary.
Step by Step Abdominoplasty
1 NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION
We offer a no obligation consultation with one of our expert Treatment Coordinators to talk about your concerns and goals and discuss your treatment options. This gives you the opportunity to ask your consultant questions and learn more about our Abdominoplasty surgery.
2 MEET YOUR Practitioners
You will have an opportunity to meet with your surgeon before any treatment begins. This will allow you to discuss your tummy tuck procedure in more detail and express any concerns that you may have. Your Treatment Coordinator will then put your procedure schedule in place and arrange your aftercare plan. We also offer a 14-day cooling off period, should you change your mind about the surgery.
3 BEFORE THE PROCEDURE
On the day of your tummy tuck surgery your surgeon will meet you in your private room to run through the process again and discuss any questions or issues.
Once you have been escorted to the operation theatre, your anaesthetist will administer the anaesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable, and the procedure is pain free.
4 DURING THE PROCEDURE
During a full abdominoplasty procedure, the surgeon will make an incision to the abdomen from hip to hip. They will then remove the excess skin and fat and tighten the abdominal muscles. Your surgeon will also carefully separate the connective tissues around the belly button, so that it can be repositioned. Finally, the incision will be stitched together, and dressings will be applied.
5 AFTER THE PROCEDURE
You are likely to have some bruising, swelling and pain after an abdominoplasty procedure and some dressing and drains attached to your abdomen. You will be given post-operative pain killers and you should be able to go home the day after surgery.
How long will the results last?
Tummy tuck results are usually long lasting; however it is important that the patient maintains a stable weight after treatment, in order to retain optimum results.
Is the procedure painful?
During a tummy tuck procedure, a patient will be given a general anaesthetic, which means they will be unable to feel pain. However, there may be some moderate post-surgery pain. This can usually be controlled with pain medication. Tightening of the abdominal muscles can increase this post surgery pain.
How will I know if I'm suitable for the procedure?
An abdominoplasty procedure is suitable for patients who have excess or loose skin around the abdomen area from weight loss or pregnancy.
Before considering this operation, it is important that you are maintaining a stable weight and you are not planning a pregnancy.
Is there any downtime?
Most patients are back on their feet on day one and can return to normal activities within six weeks. You should be able to return to work after two weeks, depending on your occupation. It is not advised to lift anything heavy for at least six weeks.
Is there anything I need to do before the procedure?
It is important that you stop smoking several weeks before the operation. You should also maintain a healthy lifestyle and a stable weight. Your doctor may advise some moderate exercise to help your body prepare for the procedure.