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Abdominoplasty

In some patients it's possible to combine a tummy tuck with liposuction and tightening of the muscles at the same time.

If a patient is mainly concerned with mild to moderate excess fatty bulge and she or he has good skin elasticity, it may be possible to reshape the abdomen and make it flatter with liposuction only. However, if skin resection is required, there are three main types of Abdominoplasty.

Mini Tummy Tuck

This procedure is suitable for patients with a minimal amount of loose abdominal skin and excess fat, mainly below the belly button. A smaller incision is made in the lower abdominal crease located above the pubis and any loose, excess skin is removed. Sometimes a degree of muscle tightening and/or liposuction is required to enhance the effect of the surgery on the abdominal contour.

The recovery time is quicker than with a traditional abdominoplasty and you will be able to return to normal activities within three to four weeks. A mini tummy tuck is performed under local anaesthic with sedation and analgesia as a day case. Usually a drain is not required and you are advised to wear a pressure garment for a few weeks to help with swelling and to support the abdomen.

Full Tummy Tuck

A larger amount of excess skin and fat is removed compared to a mini tummy tuck, and you are more likely to need tightening of the muscles with this procedure. Again, depending on the shape of the trunk and the amount of excess fatty deposits, liposuction may be done at the same time. Your general mobility is more restricted in the first few days and depending on your home circumstances, the procedure is either carried out under general anaesthesia as an in-patient for one or two nights in hospital, or under local anaesthesia with sedation and analgesia as a day case. Recovery may take longer than a mini tummy tuck and you are advised to wear a pressure garment too. It will be five to six weeks before you resume full activities including aggressive exercise.

Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty

This is a more extensive form of reshaping of the abdomen and as such it is used in patients with very large excess of skin and fat fold that extend towards the hips.  It is ormally associated with large pregnancies, heavy fluctuation of weight and dieting. More extensive tightening of the abdominal muscles is usually required. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthesia with two to three nights stay in hospital. Liposuction of parts of the abdomen and the hips is normally carried out as part of the procedure. Early mobility is more affected and you will need help around the house for a few more days than the other forms of tummy tuck. The larger the amount of skin resection the longer the scar will be in the lower abdomen, which is always placed in a way to be concealed behind the underwear of your choice.

All surgeries carry a small element of risk of complication and Mr Fatah will explain the full details of the procedures, including any possible complications during your no-obligation consultation.  Please call 0121 456 0897 if you'd like to arrange an appointment.

 

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