About Tummy Tuck Surgery
As we gain weight, either through puberty, pregnancy or lifestyle choices our skin stretches to accommodate our new shape. Rapid weight gain can cause the skin to develop stretch marks, and equally, if you lose weight too quickly, it can leave you with loose skin. If you're extremely lucky your skin will snap back as it once was, but if you're part of the 99% who doesn't have phenomenal skin elasticity you may be left with loose skin on your tummy, as well as other areas including thighs and arms.
A Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, is a popular procedure for anyone carrying excess skin on their abdomen.
Feeling self-conscious about your figure can make it really difficult to be confident in yourself and can even stop you wearing outfits you'd love to look good in. Having a firm, flat stomach can make a huge difference to the way you feel and when it's not possible to achieve this through diet and exercise alone, Tummy Tuck surgery can be the right option.
Body Contouring Options
Choice is always a good thing. It means that you can make the right decisions for you, based on your needs and your desired end result. However, choice can also be confusing and overwhelming, which is why we would like to help guide you to the right procedure or treatment for you.
At The Harley Medical Group we offer a range of procedure to help you make your right decision.
- Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty)
- Full Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
- Vaser Liposuction
- Non-Surgical Fat Reduction
- Non-Surgical Skin Tightening
Whether you can have a Tummy Tuck is dependent on your skin's elasticity.
When we are young our skin is taut and supple due to an abundance of the proteins Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen and Elastin. As we age our body starts to produce less of these essential proteins which means our skin loses its bounce and elasticity. For some people this natural ageing process is very gradual, meaning they are still eligible for a Tummy Tuck procedure well into their 40s, for others the process is rapid and the skin loses its elasticity at an earlier age. This means that you may only have a small area of concern to treat, but if we performed a Tummy Tuck on your skin, it would not 'ping' back and you would be left with more excess skin than you had before.
Tummy Tuck Prices
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We understand finance availability can sometimes be a barrier to undergoing a Cosmetic Surgery procedure, with manageable payments, we can provide a feasible solution to suits your needs. We have a range of finance options available to help you pay for your procedure, ask at your Free consultation and your counsellor will be happy to take you through these.
Please contact one of our Client Service Advisors or call 0800 288 4110 or discuss your financial options with one of our nurses during your consultation at your local clinic.
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Mini Tummy Tuck
Who should have a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A Mini Tummy Tuck, or Partial Tummy Tuck, is very similar to a Full Abdominoplasty but it targets a much smaller area i.e. below the belly button and above the bikini line.
While you are standing you may look like you have a perfect figure, but when you sit down, you have a small amount of skin that may sit above your bikini line or knickers. This excess skin is commonly the result of pregnancy or slight weight loss, and cannot be addressed through exercise and healthy eating.
A Mini Tummy Tuck only addresses concerns on the lower abdomen, it does not address any problem areas around or above the belly button, for this you would require a full tummy tuck.
Explaining Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery
At your consultation you will discuss whether a Mini or Full Abdominoplasty is right for you. If you proceed with a Mini Abdominoplasty, any excess skin and fat below your belly button and above your bikini line will be removed and muscles in the area will be tightened. You will not see any difference above your navel, nor will the surgery treat the area around your hips as this would give an uneven result. If you feel that you would benefit from your hips being treated for a more defined result you can combine an Abdominoplasty with Liposuction.
The surgery itself will be performed under general anaesthetic and takes between one to two hours. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will then remove any excess skin before tightening the muscles and pulling the remaining skin into position and stitching back into place.
Following your surgery you will have a scar but this will sit along the bikini line, lower on the body than a Full Abdominoplasty scar. Your Mini Tummy Tuck scar will also be smaller, only little larger than a C-Section scar, rather than the traditional hip-to-hip incision. Over time your scar will fade so it will be barely visible; if you want to aid the healing process talk to your surgeon about using Bio-Oil, or similar products on the incision at your six week post surgery consultation.
Mini Tummy Tuck recovery does require time off work, and some patience, as your body recovers. Following your overnight stay in hospital you will need to take at least two weeks off work. If you have children you will require assistance for their day-to-day care immediately following surgery. If you are unable to take time from work you may benefit from Non-Surgical Skin Tightening or Non-surgical Fat Reduction.
To ensure the best results you will also be required to wear a specialist post-operative garment for six weeks. You should be fully recovered after eight weeks, at which point you can resume gentle exercise.
Choosing to have a Tummy Tuck
Why Choose The Harley Medical Group?
Why Choose The Harley Medical Group?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
As an ethical Cosmetic Surgery provider, we do not perform Cosmetic Surgery on people under 18. We do not set an upper age limit for Tummy Tuck surgery. However, the older we get the longer it takes 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 surgery.
The results of Tummy Tuck surgery will last for many years if you maintain a healthy weight.
However, it is important to be aware that our bodies change as we get older, so you may find that your skin loses some of its elasticity. If your weight fluctuates this may be exacerbated.
Because our bodies change dramatically during pregnancy, if you plan to have a family we recommend waiting to have Tummy Tuck surgery. However, this is not a medical requirement and is something you should discuss with your Cosmetic Surgeon.
Yes. Tummy Tuck surgery is not a recommended weight loss method as it primarily tightens loose skin on the stomach. If you have the surgery then lose a significant amount of weight, you may find that you need to have another Tummy Tuck to remove further loose skin.
In some cases it can but we can’t guarantee this. Because the surgery involves pulling the skin taut and removing any excess, for some people the appearance of stretch marks can be reduced.
Full recovery from Tummy Tuck surgery usually takes between six and eight weeks during this time you are required to wear a light support garment. Some bruising and swelling is expected. It’s important that you attend your post-operative follow up appointments. You will need to take up to two weeks off work following Tummy Tuck surgery. It’s likely you will need help with daily chores during the first week to avoid putting unnecessary strain on the lower abdominal area. In the first six weeks you should avoid any strenuous activities.
With a Full Tummy Tuck, the incision will be made as low on the abdomen as possible so any scar will sit below your hip line and be hidden by your underwear or bikini bottoms. An extensive tummy tuck may also require a scar from navel to breast bone.
With 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 be visible in the first few weeks but should fade quickly until it’s barely noticeable. If you’re worried about scarring, please talk to your Cosmetic Surgeon and read about our highly effective scar revision treatment.
The risks with Tummy Tuck surgery are the same as with any surgical procedure performed under a general anaesthetic. However, your Cosmetic Surgeon will talk you through these before you make any decisions.
You don’t need to take any long-term precautions, however you will need to avoid any strenuous exercise in the first six to eight weeks.
It is important that your Cosmetic Surgeon is fully qualified and experienced. To ensure your Cosmetic Surgeon is reputable, check the clinic is registered with The Care Quality Commission (CQC) or The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW). You should also look for Cosmetic Surgeons who are registered with The General Medical Council (GMC) and ask if they are carrying out Cosmetic Surgery procedures on a daily basis.
Your full and quick recovery is our main priority, that’s why you will be seen by a fully trained, qualified medical professional to understand the recovery process and aftercare. Following your Tummy Tuck procedure, you will stay in hospital overnight so we can monitor your progress and ensure you’re recovering as expected. When you’re ready to go home we’ll give you printed advice to take with you, as well as a number to call 24 hours a day if you have any questions or concerns. Follow up appointments will be arranged and it’s imperative you attend these so you can receive ongoing aftercare from your team of medical professionals.
At The Harley Medical Group we highly recommend researching all of your options when considering surgery to ensure you are happy with your decision.
One possible option is the NHS, who operate with BAPRAS and BAAPS surgeons, and we highly recommended speacking with your GP to see if the NHS can help. However we have found that increasingly there is a reluctance to perform 'comsetic' procedures, particularly a tummy tuck, on the NHS.
We see many patients who explain that the wait for their procedure is either too long or they have been advised that they are not presently eligible. For example many women who come to us have been told that they need to maintain a BMI below 25 for two years before they can be placed on the long waiting list. Often the excess skin is the cause of the increased weight and they find it impossible to drop their BMI lower.
Also, many surgeons who work with the NHS how are required to perform a wide number of surgerys, this means unless they are specialists e.g.gynaecologists they may not frequently perform tummy tuck procedures. At The harley Medical Group are surgeons are dedicated Cosmetic Surgeons who are specialists in their field of expertise.