What is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?
A Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, is a popular procedure for anyone carrying excess skin on their abdomen.
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.
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.
Types of Tummy Tuck Procedures
At Harley we offer two different types of Tummy Tuck procedure options for patients, depending on what their unique needs are:
- Mini Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
- Full Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
During your consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss your individual requirements and learn what your overall goals are. Allowing them to advise which Abdominoplasty procedure would be best for you.
What is 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.
What is a Full Tummy Tuck?
A Full Abdominoplasty addresses areas of concern both above the belly button and below towards the bikini line. A Full Tummy Tuck surgery is far more extensive than a Mini one.
While you are standing, or sitting, if you have excess and loose skin clearly visible over your body and above the bikini line, you may be suitable for a Full Tummy Tuck. This excess loose skin is commonly the result of multiple pregnancies or significant weight loss and cannot be addressed through exercise and healthy eating.
If any excess skin is only below the belly button and above the bikini line you may only require a Mini Tummy Tuck, if you have any questions your surgeon will be able to advise you during your consultation.
Why a Tummy Tuck May Be Right for You
If you constantly feel self-conscious about your figure and how you look, it can make it difficult to be confident in yourself and affect your daily life. It can stop you wearing outfits you'd love to look good in as well as drain your mental energy. 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.
An Abdominoplasty is particularly popular with new mums and with those women who have lost a significant amount of weight and have been left with excess, loose skin. The surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic and is used to remove any excess skin and fatty tissue, reshape the area, and create a slimmer, smoother and tighter abdominal area. Women who are looking to achieve a slimmer waistline* often combine Liposuction and Tummy Tuck surgery.
It’s important to understand that Tummy Tuck surgery is not designed for weight loss. You will experience some loss of weight and a reduction in your clothing size. However, a Tummy Tuck is primarily performed to tighten and remove the loose, excess skin gained from pregnancy or dramatic weight loss. Due to the nature of the surgery, Tummy Tucks are only recommended when there is no other suitable option available*.
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 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.
Types of Tummy Tuck Procedures
At The Harley Medical Group, we offer a range of procedures which could help you achieve your desired results. Booking a no obligations consultation will allow you to discuss with our expert patient advisors, which surgery options are best for you.
- Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty)
- Full Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
- Vaser Liposuction
- 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. It’s important you get advice from your surgeon and patient advisor on eligibility.
How Abdominoplasty Surgery Works?
At your consultation, you will discuss whether a Mini or Full Abdominoplasty is right for you. Your surgery will usually take between one and three hours, depending on your requirements and which surgery you choose (mini or full tummy tuck).
Tummy Tuck recovery does require time off work, and some patience, as your body recovers fully. Following your overnight stay** in hospital and depending on your level of activity, we would recommend taking 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 and Fat Reduction. Your nurse will advise you of your aftercare guidelines before your surgery, so you have time to make any necessary arrangements.
To ensure you see the best results from your tummy tuck surgery, you will be required to wear a specialist post-operative garment for six weeks on average. Each body has it’s own healing time and its important to respect that in order to achieve best results.
Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery
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 or Vaser 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 a 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 oils, or similar products on the incision at your six-week post-surgery consultation.
Mini Tummy Tuck recovery does require time off work also, 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.
Full Tummy Tuck Surgery
If you proceed with a Full Abdominoplasty any excess, saggy skin and fat in the abdominal area will be removed and the skin and muscles tightened. In addition, stretch marks may also be removed. The overall result of a Tummy Tuck is a flat stomach with taut muscles; many people experience at least one drop in their dress size. For a more defined result many women choose to have a combined treatment to the hips and thighs at the same time.
The surgery itself will be performed under general anaesthetic and takes between two to three hours. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will make an incision across the base of your stomach, from hip to hip before repairing, repositioning, and tightening the damaged, stretched abdominal muscles with internal stitches. Your surgeon will then remove any excess saggy skin, muscle, and fat before pulling the remaining skin into position and stitching back into place.
Following your surgery, you will have scar that sits from hip to hip and around the belly button. With dramatic weight loss your surgeon may be required to perform a double abdominoplasty which results in vertical scar from navel to rib cage and another from hip to hip. Any scars as results of surgery are generally hidden by underwear and over time, they will fade so they will barely be visible. If you want to aid the healing process talk to your surgeon about using oil on the incision at your six-week post-surgery consultation.
Who Will Carry Out Your Tummy Tuck?
After booking your Tummy Tuck surgery, our Qualified Surgeons and Nurses will support on all pre and post operative procedures. Providing all the support you need. With extensive experience in performing Tummy Tuck surgery, all our medically led team of expert Surgeons are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Cosmetic Surgery Nurses are NMC registered.
Patient care is our number one priority, and that is why we insist on a minimum of two pre-surgery consultations, a full assessment of your current health and medical history, and ongoing post-operative care. After your procedure you will receive an emergency phone number which means you are only moments away from speaking to your nurse or surgeon 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We are a trusted cosmetic surgery provider and are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW). The CQC and HIW are executive non-departmental public bodies which are part of the UK governments Department of Health and Social Care.
Tummy Tuck Before and Aftercare Explained
Your full and quick recovery is our main priority, that’s why you will be seen by a fully trained, qualified medical professional post-surgery to ensure your recovery and aftercare is a smooth process.
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.
How Long Will It Take to Fully Recover?
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 post surgery. 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.
Tummy Tuck Costs
We have performed thousands of Tummy Tuck surgeries across our clinics, giving patients their desired results.
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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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.
No, we are unable to offer any surgery while you are pregnant or breast feeding. However, please contact us 6 months after giving birth or after breast feeding and talk to our friendly advisors to discuss next steps.
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.
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.
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