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There are a variety of reasons why people choose to undergo a tummy tuck. Significant weight loss, ageing and pregnancy can leave you with excess skin on your tummy which no amount of exercise is going to shift. This can greatly affect your self-esteem and confidence.
A tummy tuck or to use its medical term, abdominoplasty, can help solve this issue by removing excess skin and fatty deposits from the abdominals to give you a flatter, firmer appearance.
A tummy tuck is not a weight loss operation. If you are someone carrying unwanted weight then a different procedure might be better suited to you. The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is one who has achieved the weight they are happy with but just want to rid themselves of loose skin and tighten up their abdominals.
Firstly, a general anaesthetic will be provided so you will sleep throughout the operation. Your surgeon will carefully make an incision around the belly button and across the lower half of your abdomen. This will give your surgeon the ability to snip away any excess skin, tighten the muscles and change the position of the belly button so it is in a more suitable place.
You will need to spend a night in the hospital to recover as well as take a fortnight off work to give your body a chance to heal. It is important not to over-excert yourself physically during this time and avoid heavy lifting. You will experience swelling and soreness and will need to rest and recover.
The hospital will supply you with a compression garment which you must wear according to instructions to preserve your new shape.
The incision across your lower abdomen will be positioned below your bikini line in the same way as a cesarean scar to minimise scar visibility. Therefore, it should not be visible when you are in underwear. The colour should fade from a pink or red to your natural skin tone over the next twelve months.
The mini tummy tuck is a slightly different procedure but with a similar aim in mind. In this case, the excess skin is removed only from below the navel – from the lower abdomen. The belly button will not have to be repositioned in order to complete this procedure.
The ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck is one who only needs skin removed from the lower part of their abdomen. Good physical health is also required and a candidate who is comfortable with their current weight – neither mini tummy tucks or full tummy tucks are appropriate for someone looking to lose weight.