Written by Mr Deemesh Oudit, a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Pall Mall Cosmetics.
Many of us will be kick-starting our January diets and exercise regimes, looking to shift those extra pounds. After, let’s face it, a month of overindulgence over Christmas and New Year. However, it’s important to note that a tummy tuck is not a ‘get thin quick’ solution to weight loss. Most of us can lose weight naturally with a combination of healthy eating and exercise.
A tummy tuck, otherwise known as ‘abdominoplasty’ is designed to address excess skin or fat, most commonly around the stomach area, which cannot be achieved through exercise. It’s a very common procedure, for both men and women, who have lost a significant amount of weight or post-pregnancy.
If you are considering a tummy tuck, here are the most common questions I have been asked as a surgeon:
1.) What is the difference between a mini and full tummy tuck?
Although the two procedures share a name, the surgeries are quite different and so are the results.
A full tummy tuck involves an incision along the pubic bone, hip to hip, in order to remove loose or ‘overhanging’ skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. For those patients, who have lost a substantial amount of weight, your surgeon may consider a Fleur-de-Lis abdominoplasty. It is similar to the full tuck, with an added vertical incision along the middle of the abdomen to create more defined stomach contours.
The mini tuck would suit those who only need a small amount of skin or fat removed, for example – women after childbirth or older patients with age-related sagging. Unlike the full tummy tuck, the belly button is not re-positioned and the scar is shorter. I’d recommend this procedure to patients looking to address stubborn fatty deposits or a slight ‘overhang’.
2.) Will I need liposuction?
About 30% of patients who undergo the tummy tuck surgery will need liposuction. It is recommend in those who have a BMI of less than 30. The purpose of ‘lipo’ is to permanently remove fat from the lower abdomen, and create more defined stomach muscles.
3.) How long does surgery take?
On average, a mini tummy tuck will take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. A full tummy tuck may take 2 to 2 ½ hours. You will be under general anesthetic during this time.
Patients may require an overnight stay, but this will be discussed with your surgeon during the consultation stage.
4.) What is the recovery time? When will I be able to return to work?
As with most major surgeries, you should allow yourself an adequate amount of recovery time. Most patients will need to rest for 2 to 3 weeks afterwards, this is shorter if you have only had a mini tummy tuck, usually 1 to 2 weeks. It is advised to take at least one week off from work.
All patients will receive a 6 month post-op appointment. However, I advise all my patients my door is always open, be it 1 year or 10 years after your surgery.
What general advice can you offer?
Do your research!
It’s important to be confident in your provider and surgeon, before you agree to surgery. Consult the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website, to ensure your independent clinic meets regulatory standards.
Speak to your surgeon about any worries you may have, they are in the best position to offer assurances and calm nerves. Ultimately, as surgeon my goal is to offer you the best treatment, in a safe environment.
At Pall Mall Cosmetics, prices start from £4,195 for a mini tummy tuck. The full tummy tuck price starts from £4,995.*
Mr Deemesh Oudit is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon with over 13 years of surgical experience, he is also a certified member of BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons). He is available for an initial consultation, free of charge, at Pall Mall Cosmetics.
* Price may vary depending on patient requirements and whether overnight stay is required or not.
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