The Harley Medical Group

Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is popular among women as a solution for excess abdominal fat and loose skin. Unfortunately for many, even the most dedicated lifestyle changes in diet and exercise cannot remove loose skin or stubborn pockets of fat.

Unsurprisingly then, tummy tuck surgery is an option that is considered by many women after pregnancy who are struggling with some of the associated aesthetic changes.

However, not all women who decide to undergo tummy tuck surgery do so after pregnancy and may either intend to continue having children after surgery or change their mind years later regarding a previous decision to stop having children. This, of course, gives rise to questions around the safety of pregnancy post tummy tuck or how previous results will be affected by pregnancy. Here we will cover many of the common questions and concerns.

Pregnancy after tummy tuck

Perhaps the most commonly expressed concern relates to how abdominoplasty might affect future pregnancies and women commonly ask, ‘Can you have a baby after a tummy tuck?’ or ‘Is it safe to get pregnant after a tummy tuck?’. Although all pregnancies are associated with risks, tummy tuck surgery has not been linked to additional pregnancy risks provided that adequate recovery time has been allowed before the pregnancy. In the early months following surgery, the tightened skin and underlying fascia are less amenable to the changes that occur during pregnancy. Therefore any imminent pregnancy is heavily discouraged.

Providing that at least 6-12 months of recovery time is allowed, the most likely impact of tummy tuck surgery on a subsequent pregnancy is the feeling of a tighter sensation when compared to previous pregnancies.

How might a pregnancy affect my results?

Another important consideration is how a pregnancy will affect the aesthetic results of abdominoplasty. In some cases, women report satisfactory results following pregnancy. However this will depend on the nature of the pregnancy, the extent of muscle repair prior to pregnancy and the nature of the birth. In many cases however, it is likely that a revision procedure will be required following pregnancy to maintain a woman’s desired results. This is because the natural changes that occur during the pregnancy process will cause stretching of the skin and separation of the abdominal muscles once again.

Consequently, the safest and most cost-effective course of action when it comes to abdominoplasty is for a woman to be as sure as possible that she no longer intends to become pregnant before undergoing abdominoplasty.

Can you have a C-section after tummy tuck?

Despite the fact that becoming pregnant after abdominoplasty is not an ideal scenario, at The Harley Medical Group we understand that life is not always predictable, so patients need to have the answers to questions such as this. Fortunately, providing that adequate recovery time is allowed, caesarean section surgery itself should not be affected by previous abdominoplasty surgery. The Obstetrician may even be able to use the tummy tuck incision site to perform the caesarean section, so it is important to discuss all previous surgery during your pregnancy appointments. That being said, it is likely that any subsequent scarring is likely to be more prominent than it was before the C-section.

If you are considering abdominoplasty, you can find out more about the procedure, view results and explore the costs here. You can also discuss any questions relating to your personal circumstances during a free no-obligation consultation with a Patient Advisor at The Harley Medical Group.

Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty is a technique involving the removal of excess fat and skin from the abdomen whilst strengthening the underlying muscle tissue. This process provides patients, both male and female, with a more aesthetically desirable appearance, and improved confidence following significant weight-loss.

Before making the decision to undergo any medical or surgical procedure, it is essential that all patients have a detailed understanding of the recovery process so that consent can be properly informed. Here we shine a spotlight on tummy tuck recovery and answer some FAQs.

Tummy tuck recovery time

As with any procedure, recovery time can vary based on several factors including:

Your expert Surgeon will work with you on a person-centred basis to formulate a recovery plan and provide a more specific timeline for you to plan around.

As a guide, recovery time usually ranges from 6 to 8 weeks. Although it can be tempting to return to normality soon after surgery, it is important to allow your body enough time and space to rest, avoid any postoperative complications and achieve the best possible results.

Tummy tuck aftercare

    1. Immediately after surgery

In the days following surgery, it is crucial to rest according to your surgeon’s advice. Many patients will spend the first night in hospital where they will be monitored by clinical professionals. It is expected that bruising and swelling will occur post-surgery and it is important to avoid positions that will place pressure on or aggravate the incision.

    1. The first few days at home

Once you have been discharged, you will require somebody to take you home. It may help reduce stress and anxiety to make these arrangements in advance. Once you’re back home, you will likely need some assistance as your mobility will be reduced, so tasks involving bending or lifting must be avoided. You will also have been provided with a compression garment and wound care guidance to help.

    1. Initial weeks

At this time, excitement will be building in anticipation of your results, but it is important to remain focused on your recovery. All strenuous exercise should be avoided for the first 6 weeks and time away from work should be arranged for the initial fortnight. By this point you will have become accustomed to your compression garment, wound care routine and relaxed lifestyle.

    1. Follow- up

It is important that you attend your post-operative follow up appointments to discuss your progress with your Surgeon and ask any questions you may have.

How long should I wear my compression bandage after tummy tuck?

Compression garments are an essential element of the recovery process. By improving blood flow and oxygen delivery to healing tissue, and promoting venous and lymphatic drainage, compression garments help to reduce swelling, aid the healing process and minimise scarring.

These garments must be worn throughout the recovery process for at least the initial 4 weeks, although timings and specific guidance will be provided by your Surgeon.

Traditionally, compression garments are considered uncomfortable and unsightly. However, at The Harley Medical Group we collaborate with a leading provider of high-quality, handmade medical grade garments to provide our patients with comfortable, well-fitting options.

How long does it take for a tummy tuck incision to heal?

Immediately after surgery, abdominal incisions will be covered with surgical dressings. There may also be specialist tubes inserted to drain any accumulating fluid from underneath the skin, but these will usually be removed within the first few days.

The incision healing process takes 1-2 months. Proper use of compression garments and avoidance of strenuous movements and positions can help to minimise the length of this process. Part of the aftercare experience at The Harley Medical Group involves guidance on caring for the healing incision, and your personal Nurse Counsellor will be on hand to answer any questions throughout the recovery process. The best way to ensure a seamless transition back to normal is to seek advice when unsure and attend your postoperative follow-up appointments with your Harley Medical Group Surgeon.

Mini tummy tuck recovery period

Whilst a mini tummy tuck is an excellent alternative to full abdominoplasty for suitable patients who have excess skin below the belly button only, the procedure is invasive and still requires a shortened period of recovery. This will depend on whether muscle tissue has been tightened during the procedure, however strenuous activity should generally be avoided for the first 6 weeks regardless.

Tummy tuck recovery tips:

The following tips are applicable to both full and mini tummy tuck surgery:

  1. Follow all guidance provided by your Surgeon and Nurse Counsellor
  2. Wear your compression garment as directed
  3. Keep the incision site clean
  4. Avoid strenuous activity
  5. Engage with all follow-up appointments and utilise support services

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Considering Vaser Liposuction but not sure where to start? We sat down with Dr Leonardo Fasano, body sculpting specialist at The Harley Medical Group who answered some of the most asked questions surrounding the popular surgery.

What inspired you to be a Liposuction surgeon?

Growing up I had always been fascinated by cosmetic surgery and in general aesthetics and beauty. So when I grew up and embarked on my medical studies, that led me to cosmetic surgery. The reason why I love what I do is that I create a drastic change in shape in the body of my patients and that translates to a completely new attitude in their life, giving them a boost in confidence that allows them to reach not only the shape that they want but also the best version of themselves.

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What’s the difference between traditional Liposuction and Vaser Liposuction?

I consider Vaser Liposuction the natural evolution of traditional Liposuction. Vaser Liposuction melts the fat using heat and ultrasound before we gently suck the fat out, that is a major difference that really makes the procedure much more gentle on the body and less traumatic.

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What are the steps of Vaser Liposuction?

Vaser Liposuction is divided into three steps. First, we infiltrate the area we would like to treat with some numbing solution that again, not only numbs the area but also constricts the blood vessels so that there is minimal blood loss. After that step we then start melting the fat using ultrasound and heat that is done very gently with different cannulas. Then with another sucking cannula, we are able to gently and very specifically aspirate the fat that is in the areas we want to treat so that we can sculpt the area we want.

Does Vaser Liposuction hurt?

My patients usually experience just some achiness, as if they had just ran a marathon or they had done an intensive workout, so nothing too intense. However, that’s just an average and some people feel much worse and some people feel nothing at all.

What aftercare should patients follow?

After Vaser Liposuction it is important to have some time off work to allow your body to rest and heal properly. Usually one week is more than enough if my patients do an office based job. If they have more of a physical job then we recommend two weeks. We also make patients use compression garments, as I usually say they are as important as the procedure itself because they really teach the skin where to heal, preventing the skin from falling inappropriately.

Is Vaser Liposuction permanent?

Providing that the patient carries out a healthy lifestyle, Vaser Liposuction provides a relatively permanent change in shape.

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As the sun comes out and the weather heats up, the realisation of summer dressing sets in and all of a sudden, you realise your muscle definition has disappeared. 

A nutritious diet and increased exercise are key for getting in shape, rebuilding your self-confidence, and supporting your mental wellbeing. However, sometimes getting your dream body can be a slow process and you might find certain areas of fat are more stubborn than others. 

To help shape their bodies and achieve a more slender, defined physique, many people opt for Vaser Liposuction. Dr Leonardo Fasano, expert at The Harley Medical Group, reveals the four most popular treatment areas and how Vaser Liposuction can help.

How does Vaser Liposuction work?

Vaser Liposuction is a surgical body contouring procedure that uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to precisely target and remove areas of unwanted fat - decreasing a significant amount of fat in one treatment. 

Vaser Liposuction removes fat and improves the quality of your skin and muscle definition. The procedure produces immediate results; swelling and other temporary side effects are normal and only last a few weeks. Dr Fasano always recommends taking a week off work to give time for the body to heal after treatment. Your physician will also instruct you to wear compression garments for 3-6 weeks to teach the skin to heal, decrease swelling and speed up the recovery time. 

For most, the treatment is used to target areas of particularly stubborn fat to create a more defined look - the top treatment areas include the abdomen, inner thighs, arms and the flanks - often referred to as ‘love handles’.

1. Abdomen

In most cases, as always there are exceptions, patients usually start considering Vaser Liposuction of the abdomen in their mid-late twenties. After a few years of ‘adult life’ people tend to notice that regardless of healthy lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, they’re unable to shift excess fat on their abdomen. 

The natural ageing process and reduced metabolism that follows mean that these stubborn pockets of fat become worse and more difficult to shift. This area is equally problematic amongst both men and women. For the abdomen, the end results will depend on how well preserved the skin quality is and can vary from a flattened stomach to an intricately sculpted and defined look.

2. Love Handles

Liposuction for love handles is also a very common treatment area for both men and women as there are very few exercises that work this area, which would enable you to burn the excess fat deposits. Hips and flanks are often treated together, and as a result, produce a more defined outline and body shape.

3. Inner Thighs

The inner thighs are an area of concern as they make people feel more self-conscious - this is more prominent in women. 

Vaser Liposuction to the inner thigh is often not just about fat reduction and definition but also to address more functional issues. Treating the inner thighs will reduce friction and minor irritation when walking or exercising. For many, the improvement is a life changer, especially when it comes to summer, when walking and sweating can lead to significant and painful inflammation.

4. Arms

Arms are one of the most visible parts of the body, which is why Vaser Liposuction on the arms is particularly popular, as it helps to reduce the appearance of loose, aged skin and remove any excess fat. When treating the arms, the aim is to slim the profile to enable people to feel more confident when wearing sleeveless tops. Furthermore, the procedure is often combined with a skin tightening treatment to give an overall thinner and more youthful appearance.

Maintaining the Results 

Like most surgical procedures, there are several dos and don’ts to follow after Vaser Liposuction. Firstly, its recommended to avoid physical activity for 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure. It is also important to keep your body properly nourished so it is advised not to go on a strict diet during the recovery period. 

To keep your body in shape in the long term you do not need to be a gym addict nor do you need to follow an extreme diet. However, once you are able to do more physical activity, it’s important to take care of your body. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet, the results can be long lasting.

If you would like to find out more information on Vaser Liposuction, please visit our treatment page. Alternatively, book a no-obligation consultation with one of our expert Patient Advisors. 

Let’s face it, there has been a lot of change this year. With lockdown restrictions in place, you might not be getting out and about as much, have access to your favourite gym classes, or perhaps your travel itch hasn’t been scratched and you’re looking to make up for it with an extra special holiday next year. 

Chances are your body is also feeling the effects of these changes too. It might have been more of a challenge to maintain a healthy weight during the past few months, or maybe your hard-earned muscle definition has faded. 

Believe it or not, the festive season is well and truly on the horizon – usually a time where we take our foot of the breaks, relax and indulge. It’s safe to say after the year we’ve had, that extra mince pie or glass of prosecco will be a welcome treat! 

With this in mind, if you’re looking to fast track that “summer body” and glow with confidence as we head into the winter months, read on… We all know simple diet and exercise changes can do wonders for your body, self-confidence and mental wellbeing. However, if you’re doing your bit to keep in shape but struggle to shift persistent areas of fat, which are perfectly natural, you might be considering alternative methods to achieve a more slender and defined physique. 

To help give you the full picture on Vaser Liposuction, our medical expert Dr Leonardo Fasano, provides all the need-to-know details. 

The ins and outs of body sculpting 

Vaser Liposuction is a surgical procedure, using state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to precisely target and remove areas of unwanted fat. It can decrease a high amount of fat in one go (up to 80%) and also help to improve skin quality and muscle definition too. 

However, it is far more about body sculpting; the treatment targets areas of stubborn fat to create a more defined look, such as creating defined calves, stomach and arm muscles, as well as tightening loose skin in small, intricate areas such as under the chin. The procedure leaves you with immediate results, with swelling and other temporary side effects completely disappearing within a few weeks. 

Men Vs women: the trends 

The most popular reason to undergo body contouring, for both men and women is to look and feel great. Winter is the perfect time to finesse that summer body, ready for the next time you unpack your bikini or shorts on holiday. 

For women the most common areas are the stomach and flanks; body contouring in these areas can help smooth the stomach and create a desired hourglass figure. In addition to this, inner thighs are also a popular focus area, as well as the chin and lower face to create a more defined jawline.

Whereas, the chest is a key focus area for men, who often feel self-conscious about natural changes to the body, which usually start to appear after the age of 30-years-old. At this age, the chest starts to become sunken due to a decrease in skin quality and an increase in fat and glandular tissue, a condition also known as gynecomastia. The stomach and love handles are another popular body contouring area, with the aim to reduce fat, as well as enhancing muscle definition.  

Improving skin quality 

Vaser Liposuction isn’t just used to decrease fat areas, but it is also to enhance the patient’s skin quality. It achieves this by melting fat and stimulating the skin, to produce more collagen and structural proteins, creating a skin tightening effect. This improvement can be enhanced by following aftercare procedures, such as regular lymphatic drainage massages, Radio-Frequency treatments, as well as micro needling of stretch marks, which are often used as an add on to Vaser Liposuction.

The download on downtime 

It’s no surprise that liposuction treatments have boomed during lockdown, as people have had the extra time to recover at home, as well as the opportunity to be more discreet.

The process requires a short period of down time (usually 4-5 days) depending on how many areas are treated. I’d always recommend taking a week off work to give time for the body to heal after treatment. 

On top of this, wearing compression garments and a binder are required for 3 weeks full time (24 hours) and 3 weeks part time (12 hours a day), as this will teach the skin where to heal, while decreasing the swelling and speeding up the recovery time. The compression garment is a bit like hard spanx and it is worn underneath your clothes, so you can still carry on with daily life as normal. The binder is similar to a corset and offers additional support for the torso area.

Aftercare advice do’s and don’ts for exercise 

To promote the healing process initially, I’d recommend avoiding physical activity for 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure – don’t do anything to break sweat or increase your heart rate excessively. It’s also important to keep your body properly nourished, I wouldn’t advise going on a strict diet during the recovery period. 

In the longer term, you don’t need to be a gym addict or go on an extreme diet to maintain the results. However, once you’re back doing more physical activity, it’s important to take care of your body. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, the changes will be permanent.

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