What is an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?
An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure which is undertaken to improve the shape of the abdomen. It typically involves removing excess loose skin and fat which cannot be removed naturally through exercise.
Individuals who opt for an abdominoplasty may have recently had a baby or lost a lot of weight. As with any form of surgical cosmetic procedure, an abdominoplasty should be chosen only after a careful process of consideration.
An abdominoplasty should not be seen as a ‘quick fix’ to enable weight loss.
Why choose Robert Warr for your tummy tuck?
Robert Warr is a leading surgeon and consultant who is an expert in abdominoplasty. As a consultant in the NHS Robert sub-specialises in complex abdominal reconstruction for individuals who have medical problems with their abdominal wall. This can be as a result of complications after abdominal surgery. Robert is able to bring the skills, confidence and experience from this work to his cosmetic cases. Robert’s reputation is built on offering exemplary service to patients. Some 96 per cent of patients questioned say that they would happily recommend Robert’s service to family or friends.
Operating a policy of using only the best operating facilities in the leading hospitals, the clinic provides the latest advanced treatments using state-of-the-art equipment.
Recovery time for tummy tuck
The majority of patients need to stay in hospital for several nights. It can take four to six weeks to return to work, and longer to resume full exercise.
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The decision to have an abdominoplasty will ultimately come down to individual choice. Among the typical candidates for an abdominoplasty will be individuals with unwanted surplus skin and fat on their abdomen following pregnancy, bariatric surgery, or rapid weight loss.
Some individuals who opt for the treatment might have an ‘overhang’ which they find hard to get rid of through means such as dieting or intensive physical exercise.
There are two typical types of abdominoplasty – a partial tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck – and both are typically carried out under a general anaesthetic.
A partial tummy tuck involves a large incision across the lower abdomen to allow excess fat and skin to be removed. The remaining skin is then pulled together and stitched in place.
A full tummy tuck involves a large incision across the lower abdomen from hip to hip, and a second incision to free the belly button. Abdominal muscles are then realigned and excess fat and skin removed before the belly button is stitched into a new hole, and the remaining skin is pulled back together and stitched.
Robert Warr operates a completely bespoke abdominoplasty including a full consultancy. Usually, patients will abstain from eating or drinking for a six-hour window before surgery. An anaesthetist will be on hand to discuss the form of anaesthesia with the patient.
Abdominoplasty is the patient’s personal choice. The individual will weigh up the benefits and the potential risks before making a decision, and signed consent must be provided if the patient wishes to go ahead.
Risks of abdominoplasty include thick scars, wounds failing to heal and skin bulges.