The tummy tuck has the ability to re-contour your lower abdomen and give you the confidence to wear the clothes that you enjoy

A tummy tuck removes unwanted and excess abdominal skin to reveal a contoured shape

The tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure that can address excess lower abdominal skin that has come about through previous pregnancies or dramatic weight loss.

Whatever the cause, the abdomen requires careful consideration in achieving balanced results. In women considering an abdominoplasty, there is often the loss of the “waist” which would normally provide the visual break between the breasts and the hips giving the impression of a feminine shape.

The ideal waist is not a flat tube, but a smooth series of soft convexities and concavities, which transition seamlessly from the breasts to the hips. This balance of contour and form should be apparent from frontal, oblique and side on views. The waist should complement the hips and breasts rather than simply be as flat as possible without character. This natural undulation is reflective of a youthful underlying muscular tone and even distribution of skin and soft tissue.

To achieve a contoured waistline, you can choose abdominoplasty.

How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?

Patients will be administered a general anaesthetic for surgery. This ensures that abdominoplasty is pain-free and comfortable for the patient. A professional will make incisions to the lower abdomen in order to remove excess skin in a pattern that results in a contoured waistline.

In addition, this will help to tighten and repair muscle that may have been affected by previous pregnancies. This procedure can take between one to two hours.

Are there any Side Effects after a Tummy Tuck?

After you have had abdominoplasty, it is normal for there to be some swelling over the abdomen and the skin can feel tender to touch. You may also experience bruising, tightness and some numbness.

However, this will decrease within a few weeks of the procedure and you should see a gradual improvement in symptoms. In addition, every effort is made to make sure scars are kept as low as possible so that they aren’t visible and can be hidden by underpants or when you are wearing a bikini.

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Is There any Downtime needed after Abdominoplasty?

Some downtime will be required after you have undergone a tummy tuck. You will need to rest after surgery to make sure everything heals properly. Usually, this will be around 10 days of rest at home without any strenuous activities.

While every patient is different, most are able to return to work within three or four weeks of abdominoplasty. But, it can take several months to fully recover and see the full results of a tummy tuck, which means returning to your normal routine should be a gradual process.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for Abdominoplasty?

The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is someone that has excess skin around the stomach area that has been caused from losing a lot of weight or by pregnancy. In addition, you should not be considering future pregnancies and you should be at a weight, which is modest and stable before considering an abdominoplasty.

It is important to remember that a tummy tuck should not be seen as a weight loss procedure. You should still make the effort to have a healthy diet and regular exercise and this procedure is not a substitute for those actions.

Before undergoing abdominoplasty, you will attend a consultation with a professional. This will give you an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the procedure. At your initial consultation, our surgeons will explore your goals in the context of your general health, weight and lifestyle.

Dr Rodney Cooter regularly performs this procedure allowing him to develop a highly critical understanding of the subtleties of a good abdominoplasty. If you are considering tummy tuck, and would like to see one of our surgeons please make an appointment for an initial discussion.

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