Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Surgery in Edinburgh
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) removes excess skin and fatty tissue and restores the weak and split muscles in the tummy wall (recti muscles) creating a better abdominal contour and smoother profile. The most common reasons why the appearance of the abdomen changes are post-pregnancy changes, abdominal scars, ageing, genetic predisposition and weight fluctuations. Men can also be affected predominantly due to weight fluctuations, ageing and genetic factors.
These changes can affect women and men physically and / or psychologically. There is a myriad of surgical procedures to address these problems ranging from most commonly performed full abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), mini-abdominoplasty, Fleur-de-Lis abdominoplasty, body lift etc. For best outcomes, I would recommend reducing body mass index (BMI) to a healthy, desired figure in order to ensure the best possible outcome. Unsteady weight and continuing to lose weight after surgery might compromise the overall result of surgery.
Consultation would include an assessment of the current problem and a detailed discussion about what is desired and what can be achieved.
These procedures are performed under general anaesthetic and you might require a hospital stay either overnight or a couple of days depending on the procedure.
Recovery takes 4-6 weeks. Lycra bodysuit or garment would be helpful for 4-6 weeks to act as a splint providing stability and pain relief.
You would require a nurse appointment a week after surgery and consultant follow up appointments to assess your progress.
Risks and implications will be discussed in detail during your consultation. You will also receive a detailed letter outlining my professional opinion, most appropriate treatment plan, alternatives, what the procedure would entail, hospital stay, recovery and risks along with patient information leaflets. Cooling off period would always be required. I would encourage you to schedule another consultation if you feel that you have questions or concerns.
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