Abdominoplasty – Form and function restored at the same time.

Do you have core muscle instability or persistent abdominal weakness?

Separation of your abdominal muscles following childbirth is very common. Most women will completely recover with physiotherapy and time bur for others it can be associated with longstanding discomfort and pain. The muscular repair of a tummy tuck is highly effective at restoring your muscular core whilst at the same time as giving you a sleek and rejuvenated mid-section. A recent study has suggested that in addition to improving lower back pain it might also help with urinary incontinence that can be experienced after childbirth.

Would you like to have a beautiful tummy again?

After repairing your core muscles our surgeons will be able to remove most all the excess skin and fat below the belly button, leaving you a beautifully flat abdomen and a scar hidden low in your underwear. The stretch marks will also be removed at the same time. When combined with liposuction this procedure can provide quite dramatic improvements to both your quality of life and your overall confidence again. In our clinic we often like to say that ’confidence is beautiful’- you might primarily want a functional recovery or to look amazing in a two piece- in this case you can expect to have both!

 

HAVE YOU LOST A LARGE AMOUNT OF WEIGHT FROM BARIATRIC SURGERY, DIET OR EXERCISE?

If the answer is yes then well done! Making a transition to a healthier lifestyle can have a huge impact on your overall health, self-confidence and wellbeing. Some people enlist the aid of a bariatric surgeon for a gastric sleeve or band- others might use a personal trainer, adjust their diet or change their exercise to get there but the common endpoint here is often loose and saggy skin.

ARE YOU READY TO LOSE THE LOOSE SKIN AND GET YOUR CONFIDENCE BACK?

Finish what you started! The surgeons at Park Clinic Plastic Surgery are experts in helping you finish your weight loss journey. Restoring your confidence with surgery that allows you to wear normal clothing, underwear and swim wear. We can help you with this restorative surgery and help you to achieve a figure you have only previously dreamed about. What are you waiting for? Body contouring surgery after significant weight loss has some of the highest patient satisfaction scores of any surgery with over 97% of patients saying they would have it again on Realself.

Procedure Example

What are the main points about abdominoplasty?

The below options are variations on the Abdominoplasty procedure. Of course, you don’t have to do anything about all this loose skin, but it is usually impossible for the skin to stretch back over the areas of reduced volume again.

Chest and Midsection

Chest & Midsection

Your chest and midsection suffer the most after big weight fluctuations. Around the midsection, if there is minimal loose skin a simple abdominoplasty maybe all that is required. More often the skin looseness goes all around to the lower back meaning a more extensive skin reduction called a body lift (otherwise known as a belt lipectomy) is required.

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Upper Arms & Thighs

Upper Arms & Thighs

The upper arms and thighs can also suffer from sagginess and skin stretching. Surgery on the arms and thighs can involve simple liposuction all the way to skin excision. This kind
of surgery is called an arm or thigh lift. The major downside to this procedure is the visibility of external scarring so the severity of the loose skin usually needs to outweigh any potential scars that are incurred during treatment.

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Are All Tummy Tucks the Same?

Are all Tummy Tucks the same?

Most tummy tucks can be divided into what would be considered a ‘full’ abdominoplasty or a ‘mini’ abdominoplasty. The full abdominoplasty is much more common. The ‘mini’ abdominoplasty tends to be perfect with patients who are often quiet thin and tend to have mostly loose skin and stretch marks. The belly button will often stay in exactly the same point and will not move. If you have a fair bit of excess tummy tissue it is highly likely you’ll need a full tummy tuck. A tummy tuck is not a magic bullet for weight loss- diet and exercise are still key and surgery is primarily performed for repair of muscular structures and removal of loose skin and stubborn residual fatty areas and never for weight loss.

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Fixing loose and sagging skin

Fixing loose and sagging skin

If the answer is yes then well done! Making a transition to a healthier lifestyle can have a huge impact on your overall health, self-confidence and wellbeing. Some people enlist the aid of a bariatric surgeon for a gastric sleeve or band- others might use a personal trainer, adjust their diet or change their exercise to get there but the common endpoint here is often loose and saggy skin.

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Downtime After Surgery

Expected downtime for busy people

Usually, you need to be in hospital for about 3-5 days and this is mostly until the drains stop leaking fluid. If you’re comfortable and can manage the drains on your own you can often go home with the drains in and our nurse can coordinate with you when they can come out (at our clinic). I usually tell people that they need to be taking it easy for 2 weeks. Depending upon what your daily activities involve you should be back to most things in 2 weeks but until that time you should try and get as much support as you can muster.

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Liposuction with a tummy tuck

Do you also do liposuction with a tummy tuck?

There is always a small amount of liposuction that is performed as part of a tummy tuck. This is included in the price of the tummy tuck. For some people, the ‘gold standard’ for a tummy tuck might also involve some additional liposuction over the lower back, flanks and ‘muffin top’ area as this is the most effective way to accentuate the waist and works wonders when combined with a tummy tuck. It is a separate procedure however, as we have to turn you over during the procedure (whilst asleep of course) and it can take about 45 minutes to perform.

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