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Fat in the abdominal region can often be very difficult to lose, even with strict dieting and fitness regimes. This can affect a variety of different patients, including women with loose skin and poor muscle tone following several pregnancies, older patients with slight obesity who may also have poorer skin tone through ageing, and those who have lost significant amounts of weight but have been left with unsightly sagging skin and stretch marks.
Abdominal reduction/tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is designed to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen, and can dramatically improve the size and shape of the abdomen. As such, it is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures.
In addition to removing the surplus skin and fat, other procedures may be added as necessary, including plication (the tightening of the abdominal muscles), and liposuction to remove excess fat elsewhere on the abdomen and waist. Since this is a major surgical procedure, patients who intend to lose weight in the future, or, in the case of women, intend to have children subsequently, should postpone an abdominoplasty.
There are technical variations on the principle of abdominoplasty:
The surgeon removes the skin and fat from between the pubic bone and umbilicus, and tightens the abdominal muscles. In drawing the skin at the level of the umbilicus down to the pubic level, the umbilicus itself must be brought through the new skin lying over it. This form of abdominoplasty results in a long, curved scar at the pubic level, and also a circular scar around the umbilicus. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, and usually takes between 2-5 hours, with a one night stay at the Hospital.
Modified Abdominoplasty – Mini-Tuck
The excess skin above the pubic bone is removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened under the umbilicus, with the umbilicus remaining undisturbed. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, and usually takes about 90 minutes, with a one night stay at the Hospital.
At the time of your consultation at the Alexandra Private Hospital, your surgeon will discuss the various options available to you, in line with your specific medical circumstances. You should always feel free to ask your surgeon any questions that you have regarding the surgery, and discuss any areas that may seem unclear. The goal of your surgeon and the Hospital staff is to make your entire experience as comfortable, and worry-free as possible.