What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) is an operation to remove unwanted fat and skin from your lower abdomen, and tighten your stomach muscles. It is not used as a method of losing weight, as the fat would simply return after the operation if permanent changes are not made to your diet and exercise programme.
A tummy tuck can bring very good long-term results, especially when undertaken in conjunction with a long-lasting plan of healthy eating and regular exercise.
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Who has a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is not recommended for extremely overweight people, women who may become pregnant in the future, or people wanting to lose weight.
Tummy tuck surgery can be really helpful for people with:
Loose, sagging skin around their abdomen due to pregnancy or sudden weight loss
Abdominal muscle weakness causing problems such as chronic back ache
A tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women, and can give you a flatter, tighter stomach reducing the appearance of stretch-marks, blemishes, scars, and even tattoos – although the latter are not the primary motivations for having a tummy tuck operation.
If your tummy tuck is carried out for aesthetic reasons it is considered to be cosmetic surgery. If you need to undergo the procedure to combat health problems it could be considered ‘reconstructive surgery’ and may be covered by your private health insurance.
What is involved in tummy tuck surgery?
There are three types of tummy tuck surgery, the standard tummy tuck, the mini tummy tuck, and the extended tummy tuck. All are performed under general anaesthetic, with the length of time taken for the procedure dependant on which type of tummy tuck you require. Your surgeon will discuss which procedure is the most suitable for you.