Tummy Tuck Surgery for Removal of Loose Skin and Excess Fat
You’ve reached your goal weight, the dedication in the gym, focus on nutrition and healthy lifestyle have paid off. Or perhaps following pregnancy, you’ve worked hard to get your body back into shape. But your body shape does not show all your hard work, and how you look on the outside, does not reflect how you feel on the inside.
Women often find following pregnancy or large weight loss, they are left with excessive loose skin, stretchmarks or deposits of fat around the abdomen. These stubborn areas can be hard to shift with exercise and weight loss alone.
An abdominoplasty may be able to help improve this, and help you achieve a flatter, more toned abdomen. It should also be noted that long term lifestyle changes are recommended in order to achieve and maintain a more permanent result from your tummy tuck surgery.
Abdominoplasty surgery, or tummy tuck involves the surgical removal of loose skin and excess fat around the abdomen, and tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles. Your surgeon may also recommend liposculpture for the removal of excess fat to assist in achieving your ideal shape.
See our before and after photos of some of our abdominoplasty patients.
The ideal patient for abdominoplasty surgery is someone who is feeling fit and well, is in good shape, and has concerns about loose skin around their stomach area.
Women who are thinking about future pregnancies are advised to delay having tummy tuck surgery until after they have finished having children. This is because of the large changes the body goes through during pregnancy, which may have adverse effects on the results of a tummy tuck.
What is tummy tuck surgery
An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery is a surgical procedure focused on the removal of excess fat and loose skin around the stomach area. The surgery also repairs muscles that have weakened or separated during pregnancy, to achieve an abdominal shape that is smoother and flatter than before.
Women are often told that staying in shape and maintaining your body weight is the best way to achieve a flat and toned abdomen. What they are finding is exercise and diet will get you so far, but sometimes additional help is needed to shift stubborn fat deposits and tighten skin that has lost its elasticity.
The most common causes behind these changes include significant fluctuations in weight, following pregnancy, ageing, or inherited factors in your family.
What a tummy tuck won’t do:
It’s important to remember that while tummy tuck surgery may help you achieve the look you’re after, it should not be considered a substitute for your usual weight loss program or exercise routine. The two should work hand in hand.
Abdominoplasty surgery is also unable to correct stretch marks. Following surgery, you may see an improvement to stretch marks if they are located in the area of excess skin to be treated by tummy tuck surgery.
Tummy Tuck is a good option for you if:
- You are a non-smoker
- You have realistic expectations about what surgery can achieve
- You are physically fit and healthy, and your weight is stable
The desired outcome of a tummy tuck procedure is that that results are permanent. However, these results may be significantly reduced if your body goes through large weight fluctuations following surgery, or if you are considering having children in the future. Women who are planning future pregnancies are advised to delay their abdominoplasty surgery.
The decision to undergo an abdominoplasty procedure is a personal one, at Cosmetic Surgery for Women we’re here to help you understand all your options, and answer your questions to ensure you feel confident about your decision.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
Medications and general anaesthesia are administered for your comfort during tummy tuck surgery.
A full tummy tuck procedure requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary.
A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
Skin is separated from the abdominal wall and all the way up to the ribs.
The surgeon then draws the underlying muscle and tissue together and stitches them. This will narrow the waistline and strengthen the abdominal wall.
Abdominal skin is drawn down and any excess skin is removed. A new opening is cut for the navel.
Closing the incisions
Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.
See the results
Your tummy tuck procedure will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight.
The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident about your new slimmer profile.