Abdominoplasty, often referred to as the ‘tummy tuck’ is a surgical operation aiming to remove fat and excess skin throughout the abdomen as well as to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. It can be performed on both women and men.
In women it is commonly performed after one or more pregnancies, addressing concerns such as stretch marks. It is also commonly requested for both men and women who have experienced significant weight loss and as a result have excess skin.
An abdominoplasty works to tighten the muscles in the stomach, improving the line of the waist and leaving the abdomen flatter.
There are two types of operation depending on the need of each individual:
The Classic Abdominoplasty
The classic abdominoplasty is the removal of the abdominal wall by a cut which extends from one iliac crest (top of the pelvis) to the other, allowing the surgeon to remove a large amount of loose skin.
The Mini Abdominoplasty
The mini abdominoplasty is an operation which involves an imperceptible incision in the lower part of the abdominal wall where a smaller part of the abdomen is removed. It is usually the technique of choice for relatively slim women who can comfortably combine liposuction and elimination of stretch marks. The incision is relatively small and is at the least visible point and is easily covered by underwear.
Duration: 2 ½ hours for a classic abdominoplasty and 30 minutes for a mini abdominoplasty
Anaesthesia: General anaesthetic
Hospital Stay: 24 hours
Downtime: 10-14 days
Results: Results of abdominoplasty can be permanent if there are not large weight fluctuations.
Suitable for: Loose skin and fat in the abdominal region, stretch marks, post-pregnancy