Tummy Tuck Surgery
Removing excess fat and sagging skin, a tummy tuck is a form of body contouring which is ideal for people following weight loss or pregnancy. A tummy tuck can transform the way you feel about your stomach area, and make you feel more comfortable in your own skin.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a form of cosmetic surgery which is performed in order to improve the aesthetic appearance of the abdominal area. Tummy tucks remove excess or sagging skin which can’t be removed through normal exercise, which could be caused by a myriad of different things such as genetic conditions and pregnancy. There are both partial or a full tummy tucks available, so depending on your needs, you can transform the way you feel about your abdominal area.
Your Tummy Tuck Consultation
Openness and honesty regarding the issues you wish to address during surgery and your current health is vital when you come for your tummy tuck consultation in Manchester. Sometimes your current health or lifestyle choices may affect your eligibility for surgery, so it’s important that you’re honest as it’s here you can also raise concerns and issues that you may have. Our surgeons may refuse to perform the tummy tuck if they feel as if your health issues could cause complications.
During this consultation, we will discuss which type of tummy tuck you require. The operation is tailored to the individual, so can involve additional liposuction, repositioning the belly button, a full lift of the abdominal skin and even tightening to the stomach muscles. If you have experienced significant weight loss, then other procedures may be required in order to achieve the best results. Our tummy tuck consultation process aims to provide you with a surgery plan which can achieve results based on realistic expectations.
Tummy Tuck Pre-Surgery Preparations
A tummy tuck surgery will require you to undergo general anaesthetic. If you are feeling unwell prior to surgery then it must be postponed in order to ensure your wellbeing – at UK Aesthetic, our patient’s health is at the forefront of our ethos.
It’s important that you stop smoking at least 6 weeks prior to surgery as this can increase the risk of chest and wound infection. In the run up to surgery, you should also avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatories or any types of herbal supplements, as this could drastically alter the results of your surgery. Preoperative tests may also be carried out to determine your suitability for the surgery. Everything you need to know about your tummy tuck will be fully discussed during your consultation, so you can prepare for the procedure during the run up.
What to Expect During a Tummy Tuck
On average, tummy tuck surgery could take between 1.5 and 3 hours, depending on the extent of the surgery and if you are seeking a partial or full tummy tuck. The incision is typically made from one hipbone to the other and rests just above the pubic area. This means that it is typically easy to hide under any average clothing waistline. Dissolvable stitches will be used to close the tummy tuck surgery incisions and a compressive dressing is used to reduce potential swelling.
How Long is the Tummy Tuck Recovery Period?
Following a tummy tuck, it is typical to feel uncomfortable and swollen. Along with some bruising around the wound this is completely normal. You will be able to go home the day after surgery, and you will need to keep the wound dry for at least a week. After this week, you will be required to visit the clinic in order to check on the wound for infection or other issues. You will need to wear a support garment for at least 4 to 6 weeks following the surgery. Light exercise, such as walking, can resume after a week and full exercise after the 6 week recovery period.
As soon as the scar is fully healed you should begin to massage it. This will help to improve the long-term appearance of the scar. Make sure that you follow your surgeon’s advice as much as possible – this will help you get the best results and have a fantastic recovery!
Tummy Tuck – Risks and Complications
Every surgery comes with risks and complications and it’s essential that you learn about them before committing to a tummy tuck. Although our surgeons are the best of the best, there can be some side effects. Some of the tummy tuck complications include:
- Swelling around the scar line
- A slight difference between the two sides of the stomach
- A small amount of discharge from the incision area is common and not harmful
The uncommon complications are more severe and include:
- Delayed healing/ skin necrosis/ skin loss,
- Seroma formation
- Thickened abdominoplasty scar
The general anaesthesia also has risks and it’s essential to answer all questions honestly before your surgery, as it can affect the outcome. Risks from anaesthesia include: respiratory/ cardiac compromise and deep vein thrombosis. If you choose to get a tummy tuck in Manchester with us at UK Aesthetic, it’s important that you go into the procedure well-informed about the potential risks.
Are You Considering Tummy Tuck in Manchester?
If you’re considering getting a tummy tuck with us in Manchester, make sure to book a consultation with us today.