What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is a surgery for the removal and tightening of loose skin around your lower stomach. Tummy tucks will make your stomach slimmer and firmer.
What types of tummy tuck are there?
Mini tummy tuck
This procedure removes a small portion of excess skin, and is best for someone with stubborn belly fat that doesn’t have much excess fat or overhanging skin. This procedure tightens the abdominal muscles and leaves minimal scarring. This surgery requires only a week of recommended recovery time.
This surgery is intended to remove a large amount of excess skin. This procedure may require minimal liposuction and the tightening of the abdominal muscles for those with excess fat and a weak abdomen. This procedure is more invasive and will leave more obvious scarring.
Extended tummy tuck
This is the largest most invasive type of tummy tuck. It removes sagging, loose skin from around the abdomen, hips and lower back. This surgery tightens the abdomen and around the hips as well as removing the maximum amount of excess skin for a smooth toned stomach.
Is a tummy tuck for you?
Before choosing to have a tummy tuck, you need to consider:
- Do you have a large amount of loose skin on stomach?
- Can you stop smoking for around 6 weeks?
- Will you be losing or gaining any weight in the near future?
- Are you overweight?
- Have you tried to lose weight or change your diet, prior to considering this procedure?
- Can you take 2 weeks off?
- Will you have someone to help you after surgery?
You should always speak to your surgeon about all of these things in the consultation, before going ahead with the surgery.