Tummy Tuck at Woodland Hospital
Also known as an abdominoplasty, tummy tucks are an effective way of removing excess fat and skin from the abdomen. The aim is to produce a tighter and flatter stomach which may include the tightening of the stomach muscles. Because of the dramatic improvement this surgery offers, many of our patients report that they feel much more confident about their new body image, whilst enjoying an improved self esteem as a result of surgery.
To find out more about how you could get your figure back, talk to our friendly team on 01536 210 019 or leave us a message via our online enquiry form here.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
An abdominoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia and takes around three hours to perform. Usually, patients will need to stay in hospital for two days for post operative care.
The procedure itself involved removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal wall between the pubic area and belly button. The skin is then drawn down to the pubic area where it is then sutured, to create a flatter contour.
After the Tummy Tuck
As with all major surgery, you will feel some discomfort over the first few weeks after surgery. However, your surgeon will prescribe pain relief which will help to manage it in the initial stages.
For the first few days you will need to sleep slightly raised with a few pillows behind your head, and to stand slightly hunched to reduce the strain on your sutures. You will find it hard to stand up straight and you may also feel as though your stomach is tugging – this is expected and will disappear over time.
It is usual to take between two to four weeks away from work to rest and recover at home following this type of surgery. Vigorous exercise is not recommended for at least six weeks.
Risks of Tummy Tuck Surgery
All surgery carries a risk, although because we ensure you are in good health before undergoing the procedure, the risk of complications is lower than that of a patient who is having surgery for a medical problem. Your surgeon will go through the risks associated with this surgery during your consultation, but you should be aware of the following:
- Deep vein thrombosis (very rare)
- Pulmonary embolus (very rare)
- Final position of the tummy button may be off centre
- Numbness in lower part of tummy
- Slow healing, noticeable scars and possibly more surgery
- Abnormal reaction to anaesthetic
- Wound infection
To find out more information or to book a consultation, contact us on 01536 210 019 or use our easy online enquiry form here.