All about Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty
Featuring our M.D. Libby Babbage
The most common causes of unfavourable changes to the abdominal shape in women, tends to be either repeated pregnancies and/or obesity as well as dramatic weight loss. During pregnancy naturally the skin and muscles expands. Often the elastic and collagen fibres of the lower tummy tear and form small whitish scars called stretch marks.
Unfortunately these negative changes are permanent and remain mainly in the lower abdomen and around the navel often giving off a wrinkled appearance and the formation of an overhang . Also muscles of the anterior abdominal wall can be toned up through exercise the improvements are limited as often the shape of the abdominal wall is deformed by excessive layers of subcutaneous fat. The extent of these irreversible changes is very much individual. Patients who possess extraordinary levels of excess abdominal fat are not suitable for abdominoplasty it’s totally inappropriate. It should also be mentioned a tummy tuck-Abdominoplasty is not a treatment for obesity. Naturally the procedure is not recommended for women who plan to become pregnant again.
Tummy Tuck Before and After Pictures
Note Libby our MD is shortly to produce a video where she can show you precisely the healing and extent of her tummy tuck scarring 4 years on. Having researched the internet we think this is a unique insight. In advance of the video we can tell you the scars are virtually invisible.
Apologies we do not possess any further case study images but it takes a long time to settle down. Once it has (with the best will in the world) it’s difficult to encourage people to spend their valuable time doing what they perceive a promotion for our site.
Description of procedure Abdominoplasty
The final scar is located as low down in the abdomen as possible and can be concealed with normal underwear or a swimming costume bottom.
Tummy tuck surgery is “major” and always performed under general anaesthetic. On average it takes between 2-3 hours. A crescent shaped incision is placed low in the lower abdomen running between the hip bones. Often it’s necessary to reposition the navel during a the tummy tuck procedure. The loose skin is pulled downwards and the surplus removed. Once the incision and muscle tightening is complete the navel is repositioned.
The final scar is located as low down in the abdomen as possible, and can be concealed with normal underwear or a swimming costume bottom.
Sometimes it necessary to create two scars (anchor or T incision) this is required when the extra skin needs to be pulled in two different directions-vertical and horizontal.
Sorry we do not possess more images, but it takes at least a year for the scar to settle and people simply forget to send them on..why should they I guess!
Tummy Tuck post op instructions
Following tummy tuck abdominoplasty in Prague surgery the patient remains an “in patent” for the purpose monitoring until the condition is stable, which is usually within 2-3 days. Thereafter monitoring is conducted on an out- patient basis.
Ideally bed rest is advised for 7-10 days. To speed up the healing process, it is very important to wear a compressive support bandage for up to 6 weeks.
From around 3 weeks onwards you can start to take short walks. Moderate physical exercise is fine after 4 weeks, full physical activities can be resumed after 6 weeks.
Tummy tuck for men
Male, abdominal surgery is performed essentially the same way. Only difference can be the reasons for it. Mainly after major weight loss, when the skin is unable to adjust to the reduced volume and diminished fat levels thus producing unsightly excess skin folds. Naturally a prerequisite for a successful tummy tuck outcome -is good health.
Upper and lower eye surgery (blepharoplasty);
- Facelifts, face and neck lifts;
- Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty);
- Liposuction (Classic and tumescent).