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.
During the consultation I will ask you about your reasons for wanting to have a tummy tuck and spend time trying to identify what it is you’re trying to achieve. I will also ask you about your general health. I’ll examine your abdomen to see what your concerns are and also to assess the muscle tone, look at pre-existing scars and see if you have any pre-existing abdominal problems such as hernia.
I’ll also be able to show you photographs of different types of tummy-tuck or ‘before and after’ photographs of patients who have had surgery with me. I’ll discuss how the surgery is carried out and what to expect in the days, weeks and months following surgery. There’ s a lot of information to absorb and I therefore will always see you on at least two separate occasions before surgery to answer questions and go over things.
I carry out most tummy-tuck surgery under a general anaesthetic (the patient is fully asleep) and with an overnight stay. The procedure itself will take approximately two to three hours. In other words, you come into hospital in the morning, have the procedure and are then usually able to leave the hospital after I have seen you the following morning.
Myself and my nursing staff are always available when the need arises but formal follow-up appointments with me are typically made at one week, 6 weeks, 3 months and 1 year after surgery.
No surgical procedure is without potential side-effects and risk, however the risk associated with tummy-tuck surgery is very low in the majority of patients and my aim is always to keep every procedure as safe as possible. As part of this, It’s important that your weight is stable and that you don’t smoke as this will have a negative effect upon wound healing and the final outcome of surgery.