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Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty
Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty
Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty
Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty
Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty

Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)

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Duration Duration
2 hours
Anaesthesia Anaesthesia
General
Hospital stay Hospital Stay
Overnight
Downtime Downtime
10 - 14 days
Results Final Result
6 - 9 months
Suitable for Addresses
Loose skin and excess fat in abdominal region
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Abdominoplasty, often referred to as a ‘Tummy Tuck’, is an operation to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall and to remove excess skin folds and fatty tissues from the middle and lower abdominal region. A tummy tuck can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen and lead to a flatter, firmer stomach. Liposuction is often performed alongside this cosmetic procedure for optimum results.

In today’s body conscious society, greater attention is directed to our size and shape. We use exercise and diet to try to control any bodily changes however certain areas of our body can become stubbornly resistant to any improvements and in some individuals the localised deposits of fat in the abdominal region combined with muscle laxity can make any hopes of a "flat tummy" very difficult to achieve.

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Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty
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Top 5 FAQs for Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)

What is an Abdominoplasty?
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An abdominoplasty or 'tummy tuck' is the term used for a procedure that reshapes and resculpts the abdominal region through removal of excess skin and fat and tightening of the underlying muscles.

Am I suitable for an Abdominoplasty?
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This will be decided at your consultation. During your consultation Mr. Karidis will ask you about your general medical history including details about any previous abdominal surgery, or childbirth (where relevant!). Women who plan to become pregnant imminently should usually postpone the operation until after their family is complete. If you are a smoker you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Smoking seriously constricts blood vessels and therefore decreases blood flow to a given area resulting in poor healing. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs and other medications can cause increased bleeding, so you must avoid these. You have to remember that an abdominoplasty is not performed for overweight individuals and thus a patient should have a weight that is within 10-15% of their ideal weight. Remember to always be open in discussing your expectations at the consultation. Mr. Karidis will also be frank with you and together you will work at choosing the procedure that is right for you and which will come closest to achieving the desired result.

Can an Abdominoplasty be performed regardless of my weight?
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A physical examination will determine if you are a candidate for an abdominoplasty procedure. In general an abdominoplasty should not be performed on significantly overweight patients. Heavier patients will be disappointed with the overall result even if surgical measures or altering existing techniques such as extending the incision and liposuction are performed. This is because being significantly overweight will still leave you with substantial and significant fullness in the flanks, upper, and mid abdomen and buttocks and therefore an unsatisfactory outcome. Furthermore, in overweight individuals there is usually a large proportion of fat deep behind the abdominal muscles among our internal organs. This fat is not accessible to surgery and can only be lost with weight reduction measures such as diet and exercise. Performing surgery in these situations does not lead to a flat tummy. To avoid this disappointment and to minimise the need for a secondary procedure, the best candidates are men and women who are within several pounds (i.e. 10%) of their ideal weight. If you are significantly more than this then you will be asked to reduce some weight before going ahead with any surgery.

Can I have an Abdominoplasty if I am slightly overweight?
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In certain borderline situations abdominoplasty can be performed in individuals whose weight is perhaps slightly above it being within their 10% of ideal weight (i.e. 15%). This can be technically performed with some success, but with the understanding of a couple of provisos. First is that, the result will not be as ideal as it would be by getting you to within your 10% of ideal weight, and that secondly further secondary procedures, i.e. liposuction may be required, or that further weight reduction will be necessary to further improve the result. Abdominoplasty in these situations is usually performed to basically remove the obviously loose, hanging skin, which does not go with even the most diligent of exercises and diet, and that the hope is that this will act as an incentive or motivation for you to pursue further weight reduction. There are a number of variations in the technique of abdominoplasty. The decision will be based on the quality of your skin, the presence of stretch marks, the laxity of your muscles, and the amount and distribution of fat. A definite decision can only be made at the consultation after a proper examination. However, broadly speaking, if you have loose muscle and excess skin in both the upper and lower abdominal areas with only modest fat deposits you will most likely require a full abdominoplasty.

What is a 'mini' abdominoplasty?
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Occasionally, what is called a 'mini' abdominoplasty is performed. This may be appropriate in certain patients who have loose skin confined mainly to the lower abdominal area, from the belly button downwards, but have retained good skin and muscle tone above the belly button, and with little or no excess fat. Alternatively if this is accompanied by modest excess fat in the upper abdomen then liposuction may be used in conjunction with the 'mini tuck' to improve the result. However please note that in Mr. Karidis’s experience, very few patients are suitable for this 'mini' tuck. It would also be fair and reasonable to state that the term 'mini tuck' is actually a misnomer as the scar is still about 10 inches long and therefore cannot be deemed very 'mini'.

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Tips from the Top

  • Karolina

    SENIOR NURSE PRACTITIONER KAROLINA SAYS...

    "Regularly apply Silgel to the scar area from 4 weeks postsurgery. This really helps with softening any scar tissue."

    Karolina

    SENIOR NURSE PRACTITIONER KAROLINA SAYS...

    Regularly apply Silgel to the scar area from 4 weeks postsurgery. This really helps with softening any scar tissue.

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "A balanced healthy diet, rich in protein will help you heal from surgery - try drinking a fresh green juice every morning"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    A balanced healthy diet, rich in protein will help you heal from surgery - try drinking a fresh green juice every morning

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Write down any questions and take them into your consultation with Mr Karidis – that way you won’t forget anything"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Write down any questions and take them into your consultation with Mr Karidis – that way you won’t forget anything

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Prepare your body for surgery by keeping it soft and supple by moisturising skin twice daily (avoid vitamin E containing products)"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Prepare your body for surgery by keeping it soft and supple by moisturising skin twice daily (avoid vitamin E containing products)

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Always wear sun block (SPF 50+) over surgery scars to stop pigmentation "

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Always wear sun block (SPF 50+) over surgery scars to stop pigmentation

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Stock up on comfy lounge wear for after your surgery – front opening tops are ideal"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Stock up on comfy lounge wear for after your surgery – front opening tops are ideal

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