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What is Abdominoplasty, and what can it do for you?

Men and women often face many physical and mental health issues due to an enlarged tummy. Abdominoplasty can help people achieve a much leaner abdominal region. However, this procedure is purely a cosmetic method, not an alternative to reducing weight. Let us look at Abdominoplasty in detail to understand this cosmetic process for the ideal candidate. 

What is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty is also known as tummy tuck and involves the surgical removal of excess fat and skin from the abdominal region. The surgery further tightens the abdominal wall muscles to achieve a proportionate and attractive midsection. Occasionally, liposuction is performed along with abdominoplasty, depending upon the candidate or prescription by the surgeon.

The ideal candidate

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is suitable for you if-

  • You have a disproportionate tummy with stretched muscles due to multiple pregnancies.
  • You are healthy and have a stable weight.
  • You are a non-smoker.
  • You have a history of obesity and/or lost much weight but still have loose skin with fat deposits.

Who must avoid Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty is not recommended –

  • To women who are planning to have children. The abdominal wall is tightened during abdominoplasty, and since they stretch throughout pregnancy, the procedure will be rendered ineffective. In such cases, a tummy tuck is to be postponed.
  • If you are obese and planning to lose weight. Also, if you have a highly fluctuating weight, you should undergo abdominoplasty after the weight stabilizes.

Types of Abdominoplasties

Complete abdominoplasty: A complete abdominoplasty is recommended if the correction covers a major area of the abdomen. The procedure usually takes about five hours, and the first incision is made along the bikini line up to the pubic hair area. The second incision is made around the belly button to free the muscles from the navel area. The muscles and skin are reshaped and then stitched back by the surgeon. Drainage tubes may be placed under the skin, per the surgeon’s judgement, and removed in a few days at the post operative nurse appointments. 

Partial or mini-abdominoplasty: People with less but saggy skin usually recommend a mini-abdominoplasty. The incisions are shorter, and the skin will be separated between the line of incision and the belly button without moving it. This procedure generally takes one to two hours, and drainage tubes may be attached as per the surgeon’s judgement. 

Circumferential abdominoplasty: The surgery will include the removal of fat from the back area along with the navel and bikini region. Depending on the candidate’s condition, the surgeon might also use liposuction and circumferential abdominoplasty. Removal of skin and fat from the hip and back areas improves the shape of the abdominal and back region, providing an aesthetic body circumference.

Scars and Recovery

A tummy tuck is done under anesthesia and can cause scarring. The length of the scar depends on the incision made; there might be a pain, soreness, and swelling post-procedure. Strenuous activity and exercise must be avoided for four to six weeks for complete recovery. After the surgery, the incision is stitched and bandaged, usually using an elastic or compression garment. Smoking must be avoided, and only recommended positions must be adopted for sitting, sleeping, etc. 

Cost and Result

In the UK, a tummy tuck can cost £7,500 to £9,500. The results are visible quickly, and a safe recovery can be achieved by following proper nutrition, medicines, and consultation.

Book Now!

Get a detailed consultation from a board-certified surgeon at Manchester Private Hospital and ask all your queries related to the abdominoplasty procedure by booking an appointment or by visiting https://manchesterprivatehospital.uk/ today.

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