Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is performed on the lower abdominal area with the purpose of removing fat and excess skin and to tighten the underlying muscular structures. After a tummy tuck, a patient’s abdomen should appear slimmer, and apparel should fit better. In some instances, stretch marks will be eliminated as well. A tummy tuck is also used to eliminate drooping skin caused by a dramatic weight loss.

When undergoing a tummy tuck, patients are usually required to stay in the hospital from one to four nights and will be under general sedation during the procedure which takes around three hours. One surgical technique used for a tummy tuck is to make an incision around the navel and cuts right along the bikini line in order to remove the fat and tack the muscles into a tighter position. The belly button is then repositioned in the appropriate location and reattached. This type of surgical procedure will leave a scar around the navel and along the lower abdomen.

Following a tummy tuck, the patient must wear a elastic garment to maintain pressure on the treatment area. Prescription pain medication will be given and a catheter is usually in place, and drains may be needed to eliminate fluids from the surgical site as well. Any stitches that do not dissolve will need to be removed within two weeks. Doctors usually prefer that patients wear a support garment of some type until healing is well under way.

It is possible to return to less strenuous activities about two weeks after a tummy tuck, but most workers need from two to four weeks off before resuming their normal schedules. Physicians have been performing tummy tucks for years, and they are generally safe, but complications can arise. Depending on the doctor and the clinic, a tummy tuck can range in cost from £3000 to £6000, but most patients find these prices to be reasonable for the results that they achieve.