Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck”, as it is sometimes called, is more than just recreating a flat tummy. It is a part of what is broadly known as body contouring surgery. There are a number of considerations that need to be made prior to embarking on this type of surgery. As with any cosmetic procedure you really need to think about what it is exactly that you are trying to achieve. There are a number of ways you can get the best out of your operation and your surgeon will guide you through these.

If you are interested in a tummy tuck for cosmetic purposes, it is best to think about the procedure as contouring the excess or lax tissue over the underlying tummy muscles; similar to removing excess material in a piece of clothing that is too big, so that it fits properly. Therefore, to get the best result from your procedure, lose as much weight as you can and maintain it prior to your operation and you will get a much better, and longer lasting result. At your initial consultation, the discussion will be focused around the shape of your whole body not just your tummy. This will ensure that the result you get is in harmony with the rest of your body.

An optimal result in body contouring surgery is directly related to good general health. Maintaining a balanced diet, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol consumption and ensuring that you get regular exercise all help the body heal wounds effectively. The team at Sandhurst Plastic Surgery will work with you and your general practitioner if necessary to ensure you are in the best health possible prior to surgery.

Part of the abdominoplasty procedure in some patients involves repairing and tightening the underlying muscles. Building core strength through a regular exercise program prior to your procedure can help achieve a better result. We can help you in this area.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.