Tummy tuck surgery, medically referred to as abdominoplasty, is a procedure designed to restore the shape and contour of the abdomen to a firmer, more youthful appearance. The Tummy Tuck specialist Dr Aoife Turner utilizes advanced abdominoplasty techniques to deliver natural-looking results.
Tummy tuck surgery can reduce excess skin, tighten underlying muscles, and remove fatty tissue to help patients achieve a more toned physique.
What can you gain from Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Weight gain and loss, pregnancy, and the natural process of aging can cause the skin and muscles in the midsection to stretch and bulge out.
Men and women seek out tummy tuck surgery for a variety of reasons and for potential benefits including:
- Restore a flat abdomen after pregnancy
- Achieve better posture and abdominal tone
- Rejuvenate an abdomen that has stretched or thickened with age
- Minimize the appearance of stretch marks
- Eliminate a “pooch” or “spare tire” that is resistant to diet and exercise
- Improve self-confidence and gain the ability to wear certain types of clothing
During your consultation we will review your health and medical history and discuss your cosmetic goals to develop a personalized treatment plan that can optimize your results.
Which Tummy Tuck is right for me?
Full Tummy Tuck
The most commonly performed tummy tuck procedure is the full abdominoplasty. With this approach, we address the midsection above and below the belly button. The incision typically runs from the right hip to the left hip, and it will be placed as low as possible to keep the line hidden beneath clothes. For women who have had a cesarean section (C-section), the existing scar can often be utilized as an entry point. We will then tighten the underlying muscles to create a smoother, flatter abdominal appearance. If needed, liposuction can be used to further contour the stomach. The skin will then be re-draped and the belly button repositioned to achieve the most aesthetically appealing and natural-looking result possible. Excess skin can then be trimmed away, and the incision closed.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck can be ideal for patients who have only a small to moderate amount of excess abdominal skin located mostly below the level of the belly button. It’s important to note, excess skin or loose muscles that extend above the belly button typically cannot be addressed with this technique. A smaller, C-section type incision is made, allowing for a less noticeable scar. Furthermore, the recovery often will be faster. The belly button is left in place without alteration, and the muscles below the belly button can be tightened.
Extended Tummy Tuck
In some cases, particularly after weight loss surgery, patients will have more significant excess skin, particularly around the waist, than can be addressed by a full tummy tuck procedure. In this instance, an extended abdominoplasty may be recommended. A longer incision will be utilized in this technique, which allows our surgeons to contour the upper hip and sides of the body as well as the midsection. Liposuction typically will be used on the “love handles” to achieve a smoother, shapelier silhouette. The purpose of the longer incision is to help ensure the skin can be re-draped and closed without bunching or folding at the sutures. Because more tissue will be affected, recovery may take a little longer with this approach; however, it offers optimized results for certain individuals.
Circumferential Tummy Tuck/Lower Body Lift
The next step up is the circumferential tummy tuck, also known as a lower body lift. This procedure is more commonly performed on patients who have experienced dramatic weight loss and have excess skin all the way around the waist, as well as on the thighs and buttocks. An incision is created that spans the entire circumference of the abdomen. This allows the surgeon to tighten and elevate the skin above and below the incision line. Due to the advanced nature of this technique, a stay in the hospital or aftercare facility is recommended. In addition to achieving a flatter, firmer midsection, this operation can enhance the shape and appearance of the hips, thighs, and buttocks.
Am I A Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
If you are troubled by loose skin on your midsection or stubborn fat deposits, a tummy tuck could be a solution. Ideal candidates are in general good health and have maintained a stable body weight for a minimum of one year. The best way to determine if tummy tuck surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr Turner.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Mini tummy tuck surgery techniques will be considered outpatient procedures, meaning you should be able to return home the same day. Full abdominoplasty, will typically requires an overnight stay at Harley Street Hospital. Bruising, swelling, and tenderness in the treated area is normal, and we will provide medication to help minimize your discomfort. While you should not bend or lift, getting up and moving around soon after surgery can help improve blood flow. We recommend you rest and relax at home for one to three weeks, depending on the extent of your treatment plan. Dr Aoife Turner can let you know when it’s a good idea to return to work and social activities. Furthermore, you should avoid strenuous exercise for at least a month.