Caesarian sections, surgical scars, stretch marks and excess skin after pregnancy or weight loss can produce an unsightly abdomen. Weakness of the abdominal wall or divarication of the rectus abdominis (6-pack) muscle can cause back pain, the sensation of abdominal weakness and an abdominal bulge called a hernia. Surgery to correct these concerns can be combined with liposuction for improved results and/or a buttock lift for a circumferential change (body lift) that also improves the thighs and buttocks.
There are several non-surgical interventions that can be used to produce subtle fat reductions. Cryolipolysis is the most popular but frequently requires a number of treatments to create any noticeable effect and has minimal effect on excess skin. One of the most common plastic surgery operations is called an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). There are several varieties but all aim to remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles to improve the shape of a person’s abdomen and waist. Abnormal bulges and herniae are removed at the same time. The surgery produces a scar in the lower tummy which is usually hidden beneath the underwear. In the cases of massive weight loss, or if a central scar already exists, a modification called the ‘Fleur de Lis’ abdominoplasty is an option, which removes an additional amount of tissue above the navel.
The results are often life long, although these can be impacted by significant weight change and ageing.
Bleeding and infection are risks, like in any surgery. Rarely these complications require a return to theatre. A seroma, or collection of the fluid that the body produces in response to the surgery, is inevitable. This can be drained once a week at the clinic, until it disappears. After surgery, slight asymmetries may be evident as each side of the body is naturally asymmetric and will therefore behave differently.
Success rates and satisfaction with this type of surgery is very high as it can address a number of concerns in one operation and the recovery time is short.
The indicative prices below include the surgical fee, any anaesthetic used and the associated fees from the consultant administering this, in addition to the hospital fee and all tests and follow up. An accurate breakdown and a detailed quote will be given following the initial consultation.
This is from £6,000 for a mini-abdominoplasty under general anaesthetic.
A good supportive compression garment is advised after surgery. This holds the shape and form of the abdomen and prevents fluid collection, whilst the scar tissue is consolidating. Gentle sporting activity and driving can be introduced after three weeks with more physical activity beginning again at six weeks.
- Surgery duration: 3-5 hours
- Type of anaesthesia: General anaesthetic
- Time in hospital: 2 nights
- Time off work: 1-2 weeks
- Recovery time: 4-6 weeks
- First follow up appointment: 1 week
- Total number of follow up appointments: 4
- Pain management: Simple pain relief with tramadol at night
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