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Abdominoplasty

Medically Reviewed April 2023, by Dr. Ayad Harb, one of the world's leading plastic surgeons

What is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is a comprehensive surgical procedure that reshapes and rejuvenates the abdominal region. It has become an increasingly popular choice for those seeking to enhance their appearance and boost their self-confidence.

This surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat, along with the tightening of underlying abdominal muscles. It's suitable for individuals who have experienced significant weight loss, post-pregnancy changes, or natural aging, leading to loose or sagging abdominal skin.

The procedure typically begins with a horizontal incision made between the pubic hairline and navel. The surgeon then removes excess fat and trims away redundant skin. For patients with weakened or separated muscles, the surgeon will align and tighten these muscles to create a firmer abdominal wall.

One of the essential aspects of abdominoplasty is patient customization. Our experienced team at SRGN will work closely with you to understand your unique body type and goals, designing a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your vision. We strive to create natural and harmonious results that integrate seamlessly with your body's existing contours.

There are different types of abdominoplasty procedures, each catering to specific needs. A full tummy tuck involves the entire abdominal area, while a mini tummy tuck targets only the lower abdomen. A consultation with our skilled team will determine the most appropriate approach for your situation.

It's essential to understand that abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure but rather a contouring and sculpting operation. Candidates should be in good overall health and near their ideal body weight for optimal results.

Recovery from abdominoplasty usually requires careful monitoring and adherence to post-surgical care instructions. Temporary drains may be placed to minimize fluid accumulation, and a supportive abdominal garment may be worn to assist in healing.

Here at SRGN, patient safety and satisfaction are paramount. We employ the latest surgical techniques and technologies, ensuring that you receive the highest standard of care. Our compassionate team will guide you through each step of the process, from initial consultation to post-operative follow-up, creating a comfortable and supportive environment.

Choosing to undergo abdominoplasty is a significant decision, and having the right information and expert guidance can make all the difference. Trust in our team at SRGN to provide you with an individualized approach, dedicated care, and results that reflect your unique beauty and confidence. It is not just about enhancing your appearance; it's about transforming your life, empowering you to live with greater freedom, confidence, and joy.

At a glance

Treatment Time

2-4 hours

Mobility

Restricted for the first week

Hospital Stay

1-2 nights

Full Recovery

6-8 weeks

Time off work

2-3 weeks

Shower

48 hours

Exercise

6 weeks

Driving

2 weeks

Benefits of the treatment

Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, offers multifaceted benefits that go beyond aesthetic enhancement. This transformative procedure reshapes the abdominal area, creating a more toned and contoured appearance. This often results in a more youthful and attractive silhouette, enhancing the overall body image. But the advantages of abdominoplasty are not limited to aesthetics alone. It also provides improved physical comfort by alleviating discomfort and irritation caused by sagging or excess skin, particularly during physical activities. The procedure facilitates more comfortable movement and an increased range of motion, and the strengthening of weakened abdominal muscles can improve posture and reduce back pain.

Emotionally, the positive body image resulting from abdominoplasty leads to increased self-confidence and a more positive outlook on life. Many patients report renewed empowerment and self-assurance, enhancing their overall emotional well-being. Furthermore, the procedure allows for individualized treatment plans tailored to the unique needs and goals of each patient. This includes the option of a full tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck, depending on the patient's situation. The personalized approach ensures alignment with individual visions and aspirations.

Though primarily an aesthetic procedure, abdominoplasty can also offer health benefits. For example, the tightening of weakened abdominal muscles may contribute to improved core strength and stability and, in some cases, assist in correcting hernias or other underlying health concerns. The results of abdominoplasty are enduring and can be maintained with a healthy lifestyle. The permanent removal of excess skin and fat, combined with tightened muscles, provides ongoing support for the abdominal area, allowing patients to enjoy their renewed appearance for many years.

The professional and compassionate care at SRGN ensures a comfortable and supportive experience throughout the entire process, from initial consultation to post-operative follow-up. The integration of state-of-the-art techniques with the highest standards of safety, quality, and ethics further emphasizes our commitment to patient satisfaction. In addition, the renewed confidence and physical comfort achieved through abdominoplasty often open doors to new lifestyle opportunities, from engaging in new hobbies to wearing different clothing styles and enjoying daily activities with greater ease.

Abdominoplasty can also be combined with other cosmetic procedures to achieve a more comprehensive body makeover, and the emphasis on patient education at SRGN ensures that patients are empowered to make informed and confident decisions. Trust in the expertise of SRGN to guide you through this transformative journey, embracing a new chapter of living freely and enjoying your body to the fullest.

Is Abdominoplasty Right For Me?

Determining whether abdominoplasty is the right choice involves considering several factors. Ideal candidates for this procedure are individuals who are generally in good health, at or near their ideal body weight, and are bothered by loose, sagging skin in the abdominal area. This might be due to pregnancy, significant weight loss, or natural aging. During your consultation at SRGN, our team will assess your medical history, current health status, and individual goals. We will thoroughly discuss your expectations, explain the procedure in detail, and answer any questions you may have. Each patient's situation is unique, so a personalized approach is essential to achieve optimal results. Our commitment is to ensure that the procedure aligns with your specific needs and desires.

What Is The Recovery Time For Abdominoplasty?

Recovery from abdominoplasty is a gradual process and varies among individuals. Generally, patients can expect to return to non-strenuous work within 2-3 weeks and resume regular physical activities in 6-8 weeks. You may experience swelling, discomfort, or numbness in the treated area, which typically subsides within a few weeks. Following your surgeon's post-operative care instructions, including wearing compression garments, avoiding heavy lifting, and attending follow-up visits at SRGN, will facilitate a smooth recovery. We will provide you with specific guidelines tailored to your procedure, helping you navigate the recovery process with confidence and ease.

Will The Results Of Abdominoplasty Be Permanent?

Abdominoplasty offers long-lasting results by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles. These changes are permanent; however, future weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or aging can alter the appearance of the treated area. Maintaining a stable weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise will contribute to preserving the results. Our team at SRGN will provide guidance on lifestyle choices that support the longevity of your results. While the natural aging process will continue, the improvements achieved through abdominoplasty can provide lasting satisfaction and enhance your overall quality of life.

Are There Any Risks Associated With Abdominoplasty?

Like all surgical procedures, abdominoplasty carries some risks and potential complications. These may include infection, bleeding, scarring, changes in skin sensation, or asymmetry. At SRGN, we prioritize patient safety by employing state-of-the-art techniques and adhering to rigorous surgical standards. During your consultation, we will discuss these risks in detail, answer any concerns, and explain the measures we take to minimize them. Following pre-operative and post-operative instructions carefully can further reduce risks. Our dedicated team will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a safe and successful experience.

How Do I Prepare For An Abdominoplasty Procedure At SRGN?

Proper preparation is vital for a successful abdominoplasty procedure. This includes a comprehensive medical evaluation, discussing any underlying health conditions, and providing a detailed medical history. Your surgeon may advise you to adjust or temporarily discontinue certain medications, quit smoking if applicable, and avoid alcohol before surgery. Preparing your home for a comfortable recovery, arranging for someone to assist you post-surgery, and organizing transportation are also essential. Our team at SRGN will provide you with a personalized pre-surgery checklist, answer any questions, and support you in making the necessary preparations. Our goal is to ensure that you approach the procedure with confidence and clarity, fully informed and well-prepared.

About Our Clinic

Located in the heart of Ascot, Bicester, and London, the SRGN Clinic exemplifies afusion of cutting-edge science, unparalleled skill, and an unwavering commitment to patient care. The clinic stands as a beacon of excellence in thefield of aesthetic and plastic surgery.

Leading the team at SRGN is Dr. Ayad Harb, a renowned plastic surgeon and aesthetic trainer. His expertise, honed by years of experience and a genuine passion for improving lives, defines the very core of the clinic's ethos. Dr. Harb's innovative techniques, combined with an artistic eye for detail, enable him to deliver consistently exceptional results that are tailored to each patient's individual needs and desires.

At SRGN, we believe in the transformative power of aesthetic and plastic surgery. Our treatments, ranging from non-invasive procedures to complex surgical interventions, are designed to enhance and accentuate your natural beauty. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment where you can discuss your aesthetic goals openly, and together we create a treatment plan that brings these goals to life.

Every member of the SRGN team shares a deep commitment to patient care. We prioritise your comfort, safety, and satisfaction from the moment you step into our clinic. Each of our facilities mirrors the luxury and tranquility of their surroundings, offering a serene space where you can embark on your journey to self-improvement.

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