What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to improve the shape and appearance of the abdomen. It can also improve your overall health and well-being. During a tummy tuck procedure, excess skin and fat are removed. Connective tissue is usually tightened with sutures (stitches) as part of the procedure. The remaining skin is then repositioned by your surgeon to create a more toned and proportionate look.
Excess fat or loose skin around the belly button is removed and the abdominal wall is strengthened. A tummy tuck can also do wonders for a person’s body image.
What is a mini tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck (partial or skin-only abdominoplasty) removes sagging excess skin below the belly button. It only targets the lower abdomen area. The best first step in having a tummy tuck is to arrange an initial consultation with a Me Clinic cosmetic surgeon.
Preparing for Abdominoplasty surgery
A tummy tuck can be performed in an accredited Me Clinic surgical facility or at a hospital. If your tummy tuck is performed on an outpatient basis, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home post-surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night of recovery at home. Prior to tummy tuck surgery, you may be asked to:
- Have a medical evaluation to ensure you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.
- Take specific medications or adjust your current medications.
- Stop smoking, as smoking can negatively affect surgical recovery and results.
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements.
What happens during a tummy tuck procedure?
Here are four general steps taken in a tummy tuck procedure.
1 – Anaesthesia
Medication (anaesthesia) is administered for your comfort during the tummy tuck surgical procedure. This can take the form of intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your treating professional will explain the best choice for your specific procedure.
2 – The incision
For a full tummy tuck, a horizontal incision is made in the area between the pubic hairline and your belly button. The exact shape and length of the incision are determined by the amount and location of excess skin. While the abdominal skin is lifted, underlying abdominal muscles can be repaired and strengthened. If excess skin in the upper abdomen is also being removed, a second incision may be necessary.
3 – Closing the incisions
The incisions on your midsection are closed using sutures, adhesives, tapes or clips.
4 – See the results
Results of a tummy tuck include a flatter, firmer and proportionate abdominal contour without unwanted skin laxity.
Once the surgery is complete, dressings, bandages or a compression garment may be used to minimise swelling and support your abdomen as it heals. Your surgeon may also place thin tubes under your tummy skin to drain excess fluids.
The first few days of recovery involve resting and remaining as comfortable as possible to avoid unwanted bruising or swelling. You may need someone to prepare meals and assist with surgical dressings. Initial recovery time will last from 2-3 weeks, and you should avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activities during recovery.
Abdominoplasty surgery aftercare
Your Me Clinic surgeon or associated professional will give you specific instructions that may include:
- How to care for the surgical site
- Medications to apply or take orally
- Specific concerns related to the surgical site and your general health
- When to follow up with your surgeon
Ask any questions about abdominoplasty aftercare, such as:
- What medication will be prescribed after surgery?
- When will dressings/bandages be removed?
- When will the stitches (sutures) be removed?
- How will I bathe my abdominal region during recovery?
- When can I resume regular activities?
- What follow-up care is required?
Benefits of abdominoplasty surgery
Abdominoplasty is a complex cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure performed under general anaesthesia. Me Clinic procedures are customised to fit the needs of each individual patient. Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy after a tummy tuck.
- Look and feel more physically attractive with a slimmer bikini line
- Fit better into your clothes, gym gear, and swimwear
- Experience improved self-confidence and self-esteem that comes from weight loss
- A sculpted tummy and better core strength
- Improved posture
- Reduced back pain
- Exercise more easily
- Stay motivated to keep in shape
- Reduced health risks
Costs involved in a tummy tuck procedure
Me Clinic tummy tuck procedures target each patient’s specific needs. Costs naturally vary according to the procedure, time in surgery, qualifications of your surgeon and anaesthetist, and location where the abdominoplasty is performed. You can discover if you are a suitable candidate for a tummy tuck with Me Clinic. Simply book a preliminary online consultation or make an appointment at a Me Clinic near you to discuss the cost, along with your surgical aspirations and expectations.
In many cases, liposuction can be preferable to a tummy tuck for improving a person’s abdominal area. You may also like to discuss other Me Clinic procedures such as body contouring, breast implants, breast reduction, breast augmentation, breast lift, body lift, mummy makeover, stretch mark removal, or any other cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery procedure. At Me Clinic, we can help you look and feel better from head to toe, so contact us for an initial consultation today.
Real patient stories
Check out Me Clinic case studies and real patient tummy tuck before and after photo gallery results and success stories for more inspiration.