What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck- with the purpose of removing fat and excess skin- is performed on the lower abdominal area which tightens the underlying muscular structure, providing a slimmer abdomen. In some cases, stretch marks will also be eliminated. Sagging skin caused by rapid or dramatic weight loss can also be effectively removed by a tummy tuck.

During Tummy Tuck Surgery

A patient undergoing this surgery will generally be required to stay in the hospital for a period ranging from one to four nights. The procedure itself takes around three hours, during which the patient will be under general anesthetic. The primary surgical technique of a tummy tuck is an incision around the belly button and along the bikini line to remove fat and affix the muscles into a tighter position. The naval is then reattached in the appropriate location. Scarring is left around the navel and lower abdomen.

After Tummy Tuck Surgery

To maintain pressure on the treatment area, an elastic garment must be worn by the patient following surgery. Doctors do prefer patients to wear such support garments until healing is well under way. A catheter is usually inserted and, if necessary, as will drains to eliminate fluids from the surgical area. Prescription pain medication is also administered. Undissolved stitched will need to be removed after two weeks.

Less strenuous activities can be returned to after around two weeks pending a tummy tuck, but most patients find a two to four week period necessary before returning to work or normal schedules. Whilst complications can arise, physicians have been performing them for years and are generally safe.

Tummy Tuck Prices

As with all cosmetic surgery, the price range is variable based on the surgeon, the clinic and the location of the two. Patients find the average price of £3000-£6000 relatively small considering the results they achieve.