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What is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

Tummy Tuck or abdominoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery. Most people across the United Kingdom are going through this procedure to make their tummy flat.

A sagging abdomen is a common problem among men & women, which is difficult to remove with diet and exercise. It is a common problem after pregnancy and weight loss. A Tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. Tummy tuck surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightening the muscles and fascia of the abdominal wall. This not only improves the contour of the lower abdomen but also makes the upper abdomen flat. In combination with liposuction of the flanks, you get a better shape. Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) surgery is an ideal solution for a sagging abdomen.

The abdominal skin is commonly stretched by pregnancy or weight gain, which overhangs the pubic area following childbirth or significant weight loss. No amount of diet or exercise can overcome skin laxity. In this situation, the excess fat and skin must be removed surgically to give a slimmer contour.

You will see Mr Siddiqui, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, for a consultation which will involve an examination of the tummy. Then he will go through the different techniques available for treatment and what will give you the desired result. If you are interested in tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery, contact our surgeon at the BreastAndBody clinic in Manchester, Chester or Preston. Call 07787 331122 or you can book an appointment for a tummy tuck surgery by filling out the booking form.

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 Why Tummy Tuck is done

There are a number of reasons you might have excess fat, poor elasticity of the skin or weakened connective tissue in your abdomen. These include:

  • Significant changes in weight
  • Pregnancy
  • Aging
  • Your natural body type

These days, many people are struggling to have a flat and well-toned abdomen. First, they go through exercise and weight control, but sometimes these methods do not work. In that case, you should opt for abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck) surgery. A tummy tuck surgery can not correct stretch marks, although they can be removed or improved to some extent if they are located in areas of excessive skin that are going to be removed, usually treated areas below the navel.

Preparing For Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)

If you are looking for the best tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgeon in Manchester, Chester, Preston, London or Chelmsford, then you have come to the right place. Visit our website, contact us or book your appointment now. Get the best results of tummy tuck surgery by an 18 - year experienced surgeon.

Dos and Don’ts to Preparing For a Tummy Tuck Surgery

An abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure and requires some preparation to ensure everything goes perfectly. Your doctor may provide a list of dos and don’ts to be followed as part of your preparation for this treatment.

Dos: What To Do Before Your Tummy Tuck Surgery

  • Create a strong support system: A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery requires an extensive period of recovery. You should have the help of family and friends who can give time and effort after the procedure to take care of you.
  • Maintain communication with your doctor: Prior to your procedure, you should share all relevant health information and lifestyle habits with your cosmetic surgeon. After the surgery, if you experience any abdominal pain or other signs, or have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon.
  • Stick to a healthy diet. A month before your surgery, start taking a high protein diet. Continue this diet for a few weeks after your surgery under the guidance of a nutritionist.
  • Stop taking certain medications. Always talk to your prescribing doctor before stopping the medication.
  • Keep a watch on your health. Discuss any signs of illness with your plastic surgeon. This includes colds, infections or boils which appear before your surgery.
  • Get Involved in Healthy Relaxation Activities. Read books and magazines, surf the Internet, watch movies at home and perform mild household activities in the first two weeks after tummy tuck surgery. Do not return to work too early, and maintain a relaxed schedule for a few days.
  • Don’t use any form of tobacco. At least a month before your treatment. Smoking and other forms of tobacco use can lead to poor healing and increase your risk of surgical complications.
  • Aim for rapid weight loss. If you have been trying to lose weight through crash diets or other means, you should stop for a few weeks. Maintain a stable and healthy weight for a long as possible before your procedure.
  • Don’t drink alcohol for at least one week before treatment. Avoid alcohol for at least one week before your surgery and for a couple of weeks afterwards because alcohol can interfere with the anesthesia and affect blood clotting.
  • Don’t use herbal medication. Avoid herbal medications before your procedure because they could complicate your surgery by interfering with blood clotting and anesthetics and could adversely affect your blood pressure.

Two Weeks Prior to Tummy Tuck Surgery

  • Stop taking aspirin, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil or similar anti-inflammatory medications, as they increase bleeding.
  • Stop all herbal medications, supplements, teas and diet pills, as they may increase bleeding.

When should you avoid a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)?

If you are a woman who is still planning to have children, you may want to postpone tummy tuck surgery until you are through bearing children. During surgery, your vertical muscles are tightened. Future pregnancies could separate these muscles once again.

It is important to know that tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery causes scarring on the abdomen. The length of the scar depends on the amount of extra skin. With minimal extra skin, the mini abdominoplasty results in a short scar.

Your plastic surgeon will discuss the results you want, and will determine the appropriate procedure during your consultation about surgery.

How is a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) done?

Depending on the results you want, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery can take anywhere from one to five hours. If you are traveling out of town to a hospital to have the procedure done, you might consider staying overnight at a hotel.

You will be given general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep during the operation. It is important to have someone with you who can drive you home. If you live alone, and you are sent home after the procedure, you also need someone to stay with you at least the first night after the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery.

  • Complete abdominoplasty: This option is for patients who need the most correction. The incision (cut) is made at the bikini line and the length of the scar depends on the amount of extra skin. Your surgeon will then manipulate and shape the skin and muscle as needed. You will also have an incision around your navel (belly button) with this procedure, because it is necessary to free your navel from surrounding tissue. Drainage tubes may or may not be placed under your skin. These will be removed in a few days as your surgeon sees fit.
  • Partial or mini-abdominoplasty: Mini-abdominoplasties are done with shorter incisions and are often performed on people who have less excess skin. Your belly button most likely won't be moved during this type of procedure. Your skin will be separated between the line of the incision and your belly button. This procedure generally takes one to two hours.
  • Circumferential abdominoplasty: This surgery involves the back area. When there is a lot of excess fat in the back as well as the abdomen, you may have either liposuction of the back or circumferential abdominoplasty. The latter procedure allows for the removal of both skin and fat from the hip and back areas, which improves the shape of your body from all sides. After your partial or complete tummy tuck, your incision site will be stitched and bandaged. Your surgeon may have you wear an elastic bandage or compression garment after surgery. It is very important that you follow all of your surgeon's advice on wearing this garment and caring for the bandage. Your surgeon will also tell you about the best way to sit or lie down so you will be in the least amount of pain.

Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery?

Optimal candidates are in good health and at a stable weight with excess abdominal skin. If you sit up straight and have hanging skin, you are a good candidate for tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery.

A common concern of people during tummy tuck procedure is whether they need to lose weight before surgery. The answer varies by surgeon, but the most common answer is that you should be within 10–15 pounds of your goal weight.

Many surgeons won’t operate on someone with a body mass index (BMI) higher than 30 due to an increased risk of complications.

You can expect to lose a few pounds during a tummy tuck, from the removal of extra skin and fat deposits.

Cigarette smokers are considered poor candidates because nicotine consumption constricts blood flow. If you smoke, you will need to stop at least six weeks in advance of your surgery and avoid smoking during the healing process.

How bad is the pain after tummy tuck surgery?

If you are planning to have a tummy tuck surgery, you should be prepared for one to two months of recovery, and you may experience pain throughout this time. In general, pain is mild to moderate after tummy tuck surgery.

Whether you are undergoing a full or mini tummy tuck, it involves some levels of pain. No need to worry because it will not be long-lasting.

To fully understand what you will feel after getting a tummy tuck, here we provide you with a pain timeline:

On the day of the surgery

After the operation, when the numbing goes away, the pain will show up. You will feel tightness, tenderness, and discomfort at the surgical site as well as inside your muscles which have been pulled together.

The first week after the surgery

You should expect to feel the maximum amount of pain and soreness during this week. You can take medications in order to ease the pain. Most of the time, this pain will gradually decrease and go away by the end of the first week.

The second week after the surgery

For a mini abdominoplasty, the second week is not a difficult one as the major pain will disappear during the first week after surgery.

For a full abdominoplasty, however, you may experience little to moderate discomfort and tenderness in your abdomen during the second week too.

Meet our surgeon at Breast and Body Clinic in Manchester, Chester, or Preston, who will provide good advice and care.

Where Should I Expect Pain?

Many assume that it’s the incision which hurts the most. But, the truth is that you should expect pain in various parts depending on your surgery.

If your muscles are manipulated during the procedure, tightness will be serious, and you will feel tenderness and discomfort inside your abdomen.

How can pain be managed after tummy tuck surgery?

Depending on the type of your surgery, you may feel mild, moderate or severe pain. In either case, you need to follow the below instructions to manage the pain.

  • First, follow what your doctor has ordered. Your doctor can suggest the best course of recovery for you.
  • Wear your compression garment if your doctor has instructed you to do so.
  • Ask someone to be around or stay in touch, especially during the first week, to help you with your routine activities.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and lifting objects as this may cause more pain.
  • Rest for one or two weeks and enjoy doing some relaxing activities like watching your favorite movies or reading your treasured books.
  • While it is important to rest enough, you need to maintain a low level of activity during recovery. Do some thigh exercises in bed to avoid blood clots. But do not perform any abdominal exercises at this time.
  • Have a healthy diet and consume less salt.
  • Get more vitamins (like. vitamins C and D) and nutritional foods to have better and quicker healing.
  • Do not smoke one month before and after the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery as it slows down the recovery and may result in poor wound healing.

Can I Gain Weight After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is usually done to remove excess fat from your body. After the surgery the patient's body usually comes back into shape. But patients usually don’t follow the prescribed diet as well as the routine recommended by the surgeon. This may lead to a gain of weight after Tummy Tuck surgery.

It is to be noted and understood that the procedure of tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery permanently removes the fat cells from the abdomen, which your body cannot replace; all fat cells are not removed during tummy tuck. If you consume a lot of calories after the surgery, the remaining fat cells in your abdomen can expand, which may lead to weight gain. Therefore, it is highly recommended to follow your doctor’s advice to maintain the shape and weight of your body after tummy tuck surgery.

For more suggestions and better guidance, you may contact our expert, Mr Aftab Siddiqui, a consultant cosmetic and plastic surgeon in Manchester, Chester, Preston.

Book a session with Mr Aftab Siddiqui today at Breast and Body Clinic UK - Consultant led and individually focused Cosmetic surgery clinic at Manchester.

Medical benefits of a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

Abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck is more commonly known as a cosmetic surgery procedure that tightens the muscles and removes loose skin and fat from the abdomen so that it appears flat and toned.

It is a procedure that allows women to restore their figures after pregnancy and helps patients that have undergone extreme weight loss in a short period of time.

There are several medical benefits of a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to be gained after the procedure.

  • Reduction of Stress Urinary Incontinence

After a vaginal birth, some women can develop Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), a bladder control problem associated with uncontrollable leakage brought on by coughing, sneezing, exercising or even laughing.

In most cases, SUI is treated without surgery. For patients who require more care, several studies have indicated that a tummy tuck can aid in recovery, especially in patients that have not had a cesarean section.

  • Improved Abdominal Tone and Better Posture

After extreme weight loss or multiple pregnancies, stomach muscles can become distended, and only dieting and exercise alone cannot help to make your body slim and fit. A tummy tuck surgically tightens weak muscles, while removing excess skin and fat, to flatten the abdomen. After an abdominoplasty, patients may notice that their posture has improved significantly.

The benefits of including Liposuction with your Tummy Tuck

The most notable benefit of adding liposuction to your tummy tuck is the fact that your plastic surgeon can address exercise-resistant fat concurrently with eliminating loose skin and repairing muscle tissue. Thus, you'll only need to schedule one surgery and will only have one recovery period, rather than two separate procedures and recoveries.

Another benefit of combining a tummy tuck with liposuction is that you can maximize your body contouring results in a way that really isn't possible with either procedure on its own. In most cases, excess fat and loose skin go hand-in-hand, so treating both of these common cosmetic concerns at the same time is often the most efficient and effective approach. With this approach, you won't have to deal with messy drains while you recover, and the recovery period is usually shorter than that of a regular tummy tuck.

Risks and Rewards

Due to its growing popularity, many people believe that a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is an easy surgery. It is important for patients to realize that it is still a major operation, requiring one to five hours in the operating room, under general anesthesia.

A typical abdominoplasty removes up to 10 pounds of stomach fat by disconnecting the skin from the underlying tissue, and cutting away any extra skin. A full recovery can take several weeks, and just like any other surgery, there are risks of infection and other complications.

The various medical and cosmetic benefits of a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) make the procedure appealing to many people. Interested patients should discuss the procedure in detail with their surgeon and consider all the advice before deciding whether to undergo surgery.

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Mr Siddiqui

MBBS (Hons), MRCS Ed, M.Ch, FRCS (Plastic Surgery) Consultant Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon CHESTER | MANCHESTER

Mr Siddiqui is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon, based at The Countess of Chester Hospital in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. One of the top 10 breast surgeon in Manchester, UK. He trained extensively in plastic surgery before becoming a Consultant in the NHS and developing a private practice in Manchester, Chester, Preston areas. Top 10 cosmetic surgeon in Manchester UK.

General Information on Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

The cost of tummy tuck surgery depends upon factors such as, experience of the Doctor, place and on patient's condition. It may costs about £4,500 to £6,000 to have an abdominoplasty in the UK, plus the cost of any consultations or follow-up care. The actual cost can only be provided after consultation.
Tummy tuck surgery is available at a lot of clinics in Manchester and all over UK. BreastAndBody clinic is one place where you can find experienced Surgeon.
It is very important to know that recovery is different for everyone. Your recovery will depend on several factors, including your age, health, and body weight. It will also depend on the type of tummy tuck you have.

After surgery people wants to bounce back to normal, but it’s important that you give your body time to heal. You may only need to stay in the hospital for a few hours after the surgery, or our surgeon in Manchester clinic may have you stay for one night or longer.

Our surgeon at Manchester or nurse will give you the detailed advice about how to recover at home. You will be told:
  • how to care for incisions and drain tubes
  • what to be aware of in terms of infection or overall health
  • what to avoid in terms of physical activity that affects your incision line for six weeks
  • when you need to see your plastic surgeon again
  • how long to wear the abdominal pressure garment
  • how much to rest
  • what you can eat

    You’ll need to have someone who can drive you home from the hospital and help take care of you for at least the first few days after your surgery. You may want to take a sponge bath until you can shower. You have to use a chair when showering for some time.

    You’ll be prescribed an antibiotic. You should also avoid alcohol if you’re taking pain medication, and avoid any form of nicotine for at least six weeks. Smoking can hinder the healing process and may cause complications.

  • You may need to sleep on an incline for the first few days after surgery. Keeping your upper body raised slightly with your knees bent at an angle can help reduce swelling. Putting pillows underneath your knees can also reduce pressure on your abdomen.

    Keep moving after your surgery, even if it’s only a bit of walking. This will help to keep your blood flowing, which helps with the healing process and decreases the chances of a blood clot in your legs.

    Your surgeon will also tell you how to find an optimal resting position that will be most comfortable. Rest as much as possible since you may feel tired for weeks or even months.

    It’ll be several weeks before you are fully back to normal. You won’t be able to drive for a few weeks. Your doctor can help you to decide what activities you can perform and how long you’ll need to take off work.

    Your GMC specialist registered plastic surgeon will provide a comprehensive and personalized consultation which includes a detailed patient history, physical examination, treatment options before and after photo. Contact our clinic at Manchester.
    After surgery, you will be placed in a compression garment, which will be worn for 6-12 weeks after surgery to help reduce swelling. More guidelines are provided as per the patient condition. We have clinics in Manchester, Preston and Chester. Our clinics have an expert cosmetic surgeon who will guide the patients in the best way and will make the surgery easy and comfortable.
    As with any surgery, there is a small risk of bleeding and infection. Great care needs to be taken to ensure that these risks are kept to the absolute minimum with meticulous surgical technique. In addition, there is a small risk of blood clots in the legs or lungs.

    Due to this risk, compression boots on calves during surgery are placed to help circulation, and a low dose of blood thinner may be used. Adequate hydration is also important to lower the risk of blood clots after surgery. Our surgeon at BreastAndBody Clinic in Manchester guides a patient through these before making final decisions. Tummy Tuck consultation is very important with an experienced surgeon.

    With stable weight, tummy tuck results are stable over time. But, If you experience any weight fluctuations or become pregnant, it may change your tummy tuck result.
    Tummy tuck surgery includes the following steps:
  • Step 1 - Anesthesia

    Medications are administered for the patient’s comfort during the surgical procedures.

  • Step 2 – Incision

    A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and belly button.

    The shape and length of the incision is determined by the amount of excess skin. Once the abdominal skin is lifted, the underlying weakened abdominal muscles are repaired.

    A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.

    The upper abdominal skin is pulled down like a window shade. The excess skin is trimmed and the remaining skin is sutured together. A new opening for the belly button is created. The belly button is popped through to the surface and sutured into position.

  • Step 3 – Closing the incisions

    Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips are used to close the skin incisions.

  • Step 4 – Results

    Your tummy will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight after undergoing tummy tuck surgery.

  • It’s important to understand that your Tummy tuck surgery in Manchester, Chester, Preston is not designed for weight loss. You will notice some loss of weight and reduction in clothing because the excess fat removed will impact your weight. However, a Tummy Tuck is mainly performed to tighten and remove the loose, excess skin gained from pregnancy or dramatic weight loss.

    Due to the nature of the surgery, Tummy Tuck surgery is only recommended when there is no suitable option available. Your Manchester abdominoplasty expert will ensure the right option for you.

    If you have a Full Tummy Tuck, the incision will be made as low on the abdomen as possible so any scar will be below your hip line and will be hidden by your underwear or bikini bottoms. A fleur de lys tummy tuck may also require a scar from navel to breast bone.

    If you undergo a Mini Tummy Tuck, the incision will be made as lower on the abdomen, closer to the bikini line, and will be smaller - only slightly larger than a C-Section scar. Your scar will however be visible in the first few weeks but will fade with time until it’s barely noticeable.

    The results of Tummy Tuck surgery generally last for many years if you maintain keep yourself healthy. However, it is important to be aware that our bodies change as we get older, therefore, you may find that your skin loses some of its elasticity. If your weight fluctuates this may worsen. Consult our surgeon at Mancester, Chester or Preston clinic today.
    As an ethical Cosmetic Surgery provider, we do not perform Cosmetic Surgery on people under 18 years of age. However, we do not set an upper age limit for Tummy Tuck surgery. But as we get older it takes longer for our bodies to recover, so your Cosmetic Surgeon will assess your current physical health and medical history to ensure you’re fit and well enough to undergo tummy tuck surgery at our BrestandBody clinic, Manchester.
    We are aware that our our bodies change dramatically during pregnancy therefore it is advised to first have a child and then wait for having a Tummy tuck surgery, however this is not a medical requirement.

    This is advised because if you have Tummy tuck surgery first and then have a child, even though you had a tummy tuck, but you will gain weight.

    In some cases a person can get rid of the stretch marks but this however cannot be guaranteed because the surgery involves pulling the skin taut and removing any excess layer that is in the body, however, these stretch marks do reduce with the passage of time.
  • Exercising

    After a few days post-surgery, you can walk for some time,this will enhance the healing process and enhance blood flow but for about 6 weeks avoid lot of physical activity. After 6 weeks, you can consult with your doctor to see if you can get back to it.

  • Meeting people who are sick

    Keep some distance from people who are having cold or any sort of illness,this will minimize your risk of infection that you may get when you are exposed to any sick person and help you to recover fast

  • For tummy tuck and other cosmetic procedures, finance options are available subject to eligibility criteria. Please discuss with our team if you would like to spread the cost of the procedure or to arrange finance. Call us 07787331122
    A full tummy tuck involves an incision along the pubic bone, hip to hip, in order to remove loose or ‘overhanging’ skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. For patients, who have lost a substantial amount of weight, the surgeon may consider a Fleur-de-Lis abdominoplasty. It is similar to the full tuck, with an added vertical incision along the middle of the abdomen to create more defined stomach contours.

    The mini tuck suits those patints who need a small amount of skin or fat removed, women after childbirth or older patients with age-related sagging can opt for mini tuck.

    Unlike the full tummy tuck, the belly button is not re-positioned in mini tuck and the scar is shorter. This is recommended procedure to patients looking to address stubborn fatty deposits or a slight ‘overhang’.

    However, it is upto the patient's condition that the surgeon will suggest which is better. Book a free appointment today.

    Mini tucks are ideal for those people who have normal body weight, with just a small, lower belly. If you have excess fat, saggy skin above your belly button, or have a lot of weight and excess skin, you'll need a full-tummy tuck. Our clinic offers a range of tummy tuck procedures such as a mini tummy tuck, full tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck and Fleur De Lis. For more detail, visit our clinic in Manchester, Chester, Preston which provides all facilities for abdominoplasty surgery. Our expert surgeon at our clinic in Chester guides the patient according to the patient's condition.
    After a successful tummy tuck surgery, a woman can expect to lose two to three dress sizes after a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), while men can expect to drop several pant sizes.
    Tummy tuck results are considered to be permanent as the skin and fat cells that are removed during the procedure cannot grow back. Likewise, stomach muscles are designed to remain in place indefinitely at BreastAndBodyCare.
    One can expect to lose anywhere from 1 to 10 pounds of fat. It depends upon the patient's condition before liposucton is done.
    You can walk on the day of having a surgery. In fact, most plastic surgeons encourage patients to walk three times a day of surgery to improve blood circulation to reduce the risk of blood clots in the legs. However, running or lifting should be avoided for about six weeks after the procedure.

    Patients typically return to work in approximately two weeks. The bruising will subside in a couple of weeks, and the swelling will diminish until approximately three months post-procedure. The scars will continue to heal and will become thinner and lighter in color in around 12-18 months. Contact our expert surgeon at Manchester clinic today for tummy tuck surgery.

    Some of the most common feelings you might experience after getting any kind of surgery can be tingling and numbness around the area. You can also feel strange sensations from itching to stiffness. There is no timeline of how long it will last, some patients will never experience it while others feel temporary numbness for several weeks or months. If you have any question regarding your side effects you can contact your surgeon.
    Tummy Tuck belly button refers to navels that don’t look their best after surgery and also give away that the person has had a tummy tuck. Tummy tuck belly buttons may be:
    • Overly round
    • Too large
    • Slit-like in shape
    • Positioned too high or low on the abdomen.

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    Frequently Asked questions about Tummy Tuck Surgery

    Patients are embarrassed by appearance of the abdomen when the skin is stretched, overhangs the tops of trousers and skirts, causes a bulge under fitted dresses and is visible above and below bikini bottoms. Patients are also distressed by prominent stretch marks and a stretched bellybutton which they find very unappealing. They are inhibited about wearing swimsuits and bikinis and do not like to take their children swimming or go out on the beach on holiday. These problems can be corrected by an abdominoplasty. We are operating our clinic at various location in UK like Manchester, Chelmsford, Chester and London, you can choose the location as per your ease. Book an appointment to get more information about Abdominoplasty / Tummy tuck.
    Addominoplasty procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and usually involves one to two nights in hospital. Plastic tube drains are inserted under the abdominal skin to remove any excess blood or fluid for the first 24 to 48 hours. These drains are then removed, the patient is able to have a shower and have the dressings changed before being discharged home. An appointment is made for removal of sutures a week following surgery and for a review in two weeks after surgery. Patients should not be on blood thinning medication such as aspirin and ideally should not take nicotine in any form for six weeks before abdominoplasty surgery.
    The abdomen feels tight for the first few days after the operation and patients are not able to stand fully erect. On the first postoperative day an elasticated abdominal binder is applied to the abdomen for support and gentle mobilisation is begun. By the second postoperative day of abdominoplasty most patients are mobile and discharged home. It is advisable to have help around the house and with young children for the first couple of weeks after surgery. At the end of two weeks most patients are able to drive, carry light shopping and prepare light meals. At the end of four weeks patients are expected to be able to return to normal lifestyle including gym, sport and aerobics, providing they have not had tightening of the abdominal muscles or repair of an abdominal hernia at the same time as the abdominoplasty.
    Most people are able to return to work which does not involve heavy lifting in approximately two to three weeks after tummy tuck surgery. It may take up to six weeks for some patients to return to normal work and leisure activities.
    A very small percentage of patients who undergo a tummy tuck suffer complications. These may include bleedings, haematoma (blood clot under skin), seroma (fluid collection under skin) and infection. There can be delayed wound healing in the centre of the wound, slight asymmetry in the size and shape of the scar or the position of the bellybutton and a change in sensation over the abdomen.
    A tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure that will require weeks to heal. During this surgery, the abdominal muscles are tightened and extra fat is removed. This surgery is available to both men and women, who are healthy or have obesity problems.
    The compression garment must be worn 24/7 even when you sleep, you will be only allowed to take it off when you shower.
    A post-surgery compression garment should be tight enough that you feel held without being overly restrictive and move comfortably without having much pain.
    Avoid baths until the wound is completely healed, which usually takes two to three weeks. In general, if your incision has completely closed, you can submerge it in water. The risk is largely present when your incision is still closing because prolonged soak can weaken the newly healed tissue.
    An abdominoplasty does tighten the abdominal muscles, the surgery isn't designed to give you the appearance of a six pack. However, it is typically possible for the patient to achieve this look through an exercise routine once their recovery process is complete.
    Usually, patients are asked to avoid strenuous activity for around six weeks following surgery. The last stage in the recovery process is getting back to working out. Your surgeon will also be checking in with your regarding your healing process in follow-up consultations.
    You may be able to combine a tummy tuck with other procedures, such as liposuction or breast augmentation and/or breast lift, to address multiple areas of concern at once depending on what type of results you are looking to achieve. This may prevent you from having to undergo several different surgeries and several periods of recuperation.
    The C-section scar is removed along with the extra skin during tummy tuck. A tummy tuck incision is kept very low on the abdomen, so it can be hidden by clothing.


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