Tummy tuck surgery, also known as Abdominoplasty, is performed to smooth and flatten the stomach area by tightening muscles and removing excess skin.
As we get older, our skin loses its natural elasticity, and our muscle tone can become less defined. This can mean that many people are left with excess or loose skin, or bulges, that leave them feeling self-conscious and unhappy with their appearance. Changes to the abdominal area are also very common after significant weight loss or gain and following pregnancy.
Many patients complain that they have tried hard to firm and tone their abdominal area with exercises and weight loss, but without success. Mr Titus Adams performs four types of abdominal contouring procedures:
- Abdominal liposuction
- Mini abdominoplasty
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What You Need to Know
What Happens When I Leave Hospital?
The main problems following abdominoplasty operations are related to wound healing problems and deep vein thrombosis. These should be discussed pre- operatively. Wound infections and delays in healing are relatively common. Increasing age, Diabetes and smoking increase these risks. Wound infections may occur centrally at the point of maximum tension on the scar. The wound may split open and a little discharge is possible. In the absence of cellulitis (red, hot surrounding skin) with no feelings of being unwell, then these wounds are dressed regularly and kept clean. Spontaneous resolution is expected after a period of delay. Patients are likely to require antibiotics if signs of cellulitis are present. Medical advice should be sought either through the hospital, GP or Mr Adams’ secretary. Avoidance of smoking is critical during this time.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a clot in the veins of the calf or pelvis and can be a serious complication if the clot separates and goes into the lungs. The usual symptoms of DVT are a painful swelling in one calf occurring several days after the operation, which may or may not be associated with breathlessness, coughing of blood or pain on deep breathing. Urgent medical advice should be sought if these symptoms occur. This condition is rare. The risks of DVT are significantly reduced by early mobilisation after the operation, avoidance of smoking and wearing the compression stockings provided by the hospital until patients are fully mobile once more (between 2-3 weeks post-operatively).
Patients must seek advice if there are any problems or questions related to this.
Read the full abdominoplasty fact sheet for more information on tummy tuck surgery, pre-operative advice and what to expect following the procedure.