Tummy Tuck Surgery
What you should know
The Tummy tuck surgery is designed to reduce the excess skin and fatty tissue only from the lower part of the abdomen. Women, who had children and consequently did stretch their abdominal wall, will be good candidates for tummy-tuck surgery. Patients, men and women who have lost massive amount of weight may need more than just Abdominoplasty. During your consultation Dr Mounir will examine your abdomen and perform on you a “pinch test” to assess the amount of excess skin you have in the lower abdomen, flanks and hips. This is because the Tummy-tuck surgery is not designed to reduce the excess from the flanks hips or back areas. For that, there are different procedures such as body lift surgery or Fleur-de-lis Abdominoplasty. Dr Mounir will discuss with the pros and cons of each procedure as well as the risks and complications associated with the Abdominoplasty surgery.
Can Liposuction be done in the same time with Abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty is not designed to reduce the body weight and in fact Dr Mounir will always advise to lose weight first before proceeding with any cosmetic surgery. However, Abdominoplasty can be combined with Liposuction to the hips or flanks areas to help reshaping the abdomen nicely.
Can Liposuction be an alternative to Abdominoplasty?
If the skin elasticity is good and there a good chance for the skin to retract after fat removal then, Dr Mounir will give you the option to consider having a liposuction procedure first. Effectively Liposuction surgery may be an alternative to Tummy tucks surgery if the quality and elasticity of the skin are good and if the “pinch test” is negative.
Who Is It Suitable For?
You are a good candidate for tummy tuck if:
- You are not panning to lose weight and/or you have achieved your weight target.
- You have got excess skin in the lower part of your abdomen and this is affecting your self-confidence.
- If you are not planning to have children (pregnancies)
- If you are not a smoker
Who Is It Not Suitable For?
Dr Mounir will undoubtedly invite you to postpone any cosmetic surgery until you are done having children. If you are planning to have more children then you are not suitable. If you are heavy smoker then you are not suitable until you stop completely for at least 6 weeks. If you are treated for a mental condition you would need a deep assessment before proceeding with any cosmetic surgery.
How Much Does A Tummy Tuck Cost?
Please be aware that the total price for a full Tummy tuck is £ 6500. However, From August 2019, you will get a £ 500 discount if you book surgery at the Manchester Centre for Cosmetic Surgery with Dr. Abel Mounir.
We accept credit card and payments. We do not offer unfortunately finance.
What are the risks associated with Abdominoplasty:
– Bleeding: Dr Mounir will advise you to stop taking any anti-inflammatory medication or aspirin for at least one week prior to your surgery. Should you experience bleeding after the surgery, you may require emergency surgery to drain accumulated blood or so called haematoma.
– Infection: Dr Mounir will always provide you with antibiotics during and after your surgery to cover you during your healing process. However, the risk of infection increases if you are smoker. This is why Dr Mounir will usually test you on the day of the surgery for nicotine. If your test is positive, your surgery will be cancelled.
– Numbness: You will experience changes in skin sensation especially below your belly bottom, which may not resolve after the surgery.
– Scars: during your consultation, Dr Mounir will explain to you that scars are beyond the surgeon’s control and unfortunately the scars may be unattractive and of a poor quality (hypertrophic). You will be made aware that Dr Mounir will make a long incision from hip to hip, just above the hairline and a second incision will be made around the belly bottom.
– Wound healing delay and some areas of skin may die (necrosis). This would require frequent dressing changes or possibly some surgery to remove the dead tissue. Therefore, Smokers will be tested on the day of the surgery and if your test is positive to nicotine then your surgery will be automatically cancelled.
– Seroma: is a Fluid collection in between the skin and the abdominal wall that may need drainage with aspiration needle.
Hospital and aftercare
Usually Dr Mounir would discharge you from the hospital after 24 hours without any drains. If your drains are still active then he may keep you longer and so you may have to remain in the hospital for three to four days.
You will be asked not to stand straight at least for the first 48 hours. In order to reduce the risk of blood clots, you will be asked to start walking as soon as possible. The stitches are normally dissolvable but your wound still needs to be reviewed after one week. Dr Mounir will advise you to wear a support garment for at least 6 weeks.
Facts that you should know about Tummy Tuck Surgery:
Tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to reduce the excess skin and fatty tissue from the lower part of the abdomen and to tighten muscles of the abdominal wall. The best candidates are usually women who had multiple pregnancies and have stretched their abdominal skin so that it won’t retract back and can return to normal. Therefore, it is advisable to wait until you have finished having children before you could proceed with Abdominoplasty.
Tummy Tuck is not a quick treatment for being overweight. People who are overweight and do wish to lose weight should postpone all forms of body contouring surgery until they have been able to maintain their weight loss.
Plastic surgeons do use different techniques to perform Tummy tuck surgery. In fact, Abdominoplasty can be combined with Liposuction, and can be also combined with other elective surgeries like Breast augmentation. However, it is important to mention that liposuction or so-called Suction assisted lipectomy surgery may be an alternative to Tummy tucks surgery if there is good skin tone. Unfortunately, this is usually not the case in older patients who have loss of skin elasticity.
Your choice and decision to undergo an Abdominoplasty should be based on the comparison of the risk to potential benefit. You really need to discuss all the risks and complication with Dr Mounir to make sure that you understand all possible consequences of abdominoplasty
You should understand that:
Although thousands of tummy tuck surgeries are performed successfully each year, nevertheless, there are always risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure:
– Bleeding: Although uncommon, it is possible to experience a bleeding during or after surgery. Should you experience bleeding after the surgery, you may require emergency surgery to drain accumulated blood. It is important that you do not take any anti-inflammatory medication or aspirin for one week before the surgery.
– Infection is also uncommon, however, should an infection happen, you will be given a course of antibiotic. Additional surgery such as abscess drainage may be necessary. The risk of infection increases when Abdominoplasty is performed in combination with others procedures.
– You may experience some changes in skin sensation especially in the lower part of the abdominal area, which may not resolve after the surgery.
– You will have permanent scars: Sometimes however abnormal scars may result. Scars may be unattractive and of different colour than surrounding skin (hypertrophic). You should be aware that most surgeons will make a long incision from hip to hip, just above the hair line of pubic area. A second incision is made around the navel.
– You may experience wound healing Delay. Some areas of the abdomen may not heal normally and may take a long time to heal. Some areas of skin may die (necrosis). This would require frequent dressing changes or most likely more surgery to remove the dead tissue. Therefore, Smokers should be advised to stop, as Nicotine may increase the risk of complications and delay healing. You can reduce your risk of complications by following your Dr Mounir’s instructions before and after the tummy tuck surgery, especially with regard to when and how you should resume physical activity.
– You may also experience Seroma, which is a Fluid collection in between the skin and the abdominal wall. Should this problem occur, it might require drainage of the seroma with a needle-aspiration.
– Navel-Malposition, scarring, unacceptable appearance or necrosis of the umbilicus (navel) may also occur.
Who is the best candidate?
Generally speaking women after having children who and have stretched their skin of their abdomen. Dr Mounir will always advise you to wait until you have finished having kids before you consider having tummy tuck surgery.
The tummy tuck surgery takes at least two hours. Usually, Dr Mounir will make a long incision from hip to hip, just above the pubic hairline. The next incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue.
Next, Dr Mounir separates the skin from the abdominal wall all the way up to your ribs to reveal your abdomen muscles. The Abdominal Muscles are then tighten by bringing them together and stitching them into a new position.
The skin is then pulled down and the excess skin is removed.
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