As the weather hots up, many women are worried about the thought of baring their bodies in a bikini which explains why the tummy tuck is one of the UK’s fastest growing procedure.
What is a tummy tuck and how can it help?
Also referred to as an abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck procedure is used to create a flat and firmer tummy; ensuring any excess fat and skin is removed. The surgeon also tightens the muscles in the tummy to narrow the waist, correct abdominal bulge and achieve maximum results.
Contrary to popular belief, a tummy tuck isn’t designed to be a weight loss aid. Instead, it focuses more on toning and flattening the tummy.
So, if you’re looking to eliminate excess fat and skin to reveal a tighter, flatter abdomen, a tummy tuck could be the right option for you.
The tummy tuck procedure and recovery
Tummy tucks are typically performed under a general anaesthetic and most patients stay one or two nights in hospital. London plastic surgeon Mr Paul Tulley will make a transverse incision well-hidden beneath the underwear and bikini lines, along the lower part of the tummy, before lifting any excess skin and fat away from the underlying abdominal wall muscle.
Once this has been done, the muscles are tightened to flatten the tummy and narrow the waist. The excess skin and fat are then removed before the skin edges are sutured back together. A new position for the umbilicus is then created.
Some patients with a smaller amount of excess tissue situated below the belly button only may be suitable for a mini tummy tuck which doesn’t require the umbilicus to be resited. This is only suitable for delivering optimal results for a small percentage of patients.
The recovery time will depend upon numerous factors, but the majority of patients find they can return back to work within two weeks. It’s worth noting that you may not be able to start exercising again for up to six weeks.
Patients are usually required to wear a support garment for six weeks to support the muscle repair and should avoid heavy lifting for 2 months.
Overall, the majority of people who undergo a tummy tuck are very happy with the results. The key is to ensure you choose a reliable and respected plastic surgeon with both exceptional training and experience. A consultation with the cosmetic surgeon who will be performing the operation is a must so you can discover more about the procedure, it’s risks and the realistic results you can expect to achieve.