Tummy tuck surgery is a very common procedure which I carry out. There are many reasons patients request this type of surgery but often it’s usually either because they have lost weight and are unable to get rid of excess skin that remains or following pregnancy, where the tummy skin has stretched and remains loose afterwards. Where skin has been stretched for long periods of time, either through increased weight or pregnancy, it usually wont shrink back to how it was and a tummy-tuck will help to remove the excess. A tummy tuck procedure is not a procedure to try and help you to lose weight.
There are different types of tummy tuck and the one which is most appropriate will vary from patient to patient.
- Full Abdominoplasty- This is the most common type of procedure. Excess skin is removed and the muscles are tightened. During the procedure the belly button is re-sited to allow excess skin to be removed
- Extended or Fleur de lis abdominoplasty- In this type of tummy tuck, the amount of skin removed is more than for a full abdominoplasty and is usually only suitable for those patients who have lost a lot of weight and are left with significant amounts of excess skin which cant’t be adequately removed using the full abdominoplasty technique. In this procedure a vertical scar is also introduced in order to remove this excess skin
- Mini tummy tuck. If only a minimal amount of skin is required to be removed then a mini tummy tuck should address this. During this procedure, the belly button is not relocated and the tummy muscles are not tightened