Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a ‘tummy tuck’, is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to improve the appearance of the abdomen tightening the abdominal muscles, and removing fat and excess loose skin. Abdominoplasty is commonly used when people have lost a lot of weight and need to shift the excess skin and fat which may make the ‘stomach’ appear saggy. A number of different abdominoplasty procedures exist which have different attributes, and the best suited type of procedure for each patient would always need to be determined in an initial in-depth consultation with an experienced surgeon before any surgery is booked.
A ‘full abdominoplasty’ will involve a belly button incision with a lower bikini incision, or on occasions a vertical scar also, otherwise known as Fleur De Lis procedure. A ‘mini tummy tuck’ targets smaller portions of the stomach and will require a bikini incision and can incorporate liposuction. Recovery times can range from 2-4 weeks, and patients are advised to take a large portion of this time off work to recover fully and avoid any unnecessary discomfort. In some patients, liposuction can be used as a sole method to improve their tummy appearance.
Why are women reluctant to get a “Tummy Tuck”?
Despite the visible benefits, some women may stray away from abdominoplasty for a number of reasons. Firstly, some critics associate cosmetic surgery with negative connotations, leaving a number of patients scared at the thought of opting to go “under the knife”. Non-surgical solutions are on the rise, and although many do not offer permanent results, some patients are still swayed to choose these options to their level of comfort. Including scars there have also been risks associated with abdominoplasty such as, infections, blood clots and nerve damage; however, these are not common. These risks usually happen if a patient opts for a less-skilled, cheaper and unqualified surgeon with little experience in performing abdominoplasty. Although there have been botched jobs performed by under-qualified and inexperienced surgeons when a patient has chosen price over quality, the success rate of patient satisfaction post-tummy tuck is actually very high when an experienced and qualified surgeon is used.
Who is a suitable candidate for Abdominoplasty?
Typically, suitable candidates for abdominoplasty range from women who have had children to others who have lost a huge amount of weight, leaving excess skin that will not shift despite exercise or dieting. Prior to treatment, it is expected that a candidate is in good health and spirits and has level-headed expectations of the outcome from surgery. If you’re overweight, or are still carrying excess weight, then it may be advised that you continue to lose more weight before the surgery until the weight target is reached and your body mass index in 30 or less. In some patients liposuction may another option of improving your tummy, and it is a good method in the appropriate patient. Both men and women are viable candidates for the procedure.
Why choose New Image Clinic for your London Tummy Tuck?
At New Image Clinic, you will receive a completely unrivalled service to anywhere else in the UK, with the attention of two experienced, qualified and knowledgeable plastic surgeons working in harmony to provide a seamless, welcoming and expert approach to your surgery.
Mr Ali Juma has a wealth of experience, starting back in 1991 where he received his FRCS in general surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. Since, he has been a key figure in the industry, performing thousands of high quality cosmetic procedures, and writing and reviewing peer-reviewed journals for the Journal of Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery. Mr Jamil Hayek is an experienced plastic surgeon who is also on the specialist register of the General medical Council (GMC), having gained his experience in Europe and the UK. He has presented his work internationally on many occasions, which brings with it new ideas and innovations.
Working together, Mr Ali Juma and Jamil Hayek with their combined wealth of their knowledge and experience will make sure you will receive the best possible treatment for your needs and expectations. They will combine their vast knowledge-bases to formulate treatment plans that fit you, your body and the new image you’re looking for. They will ensure that your journey and after care are the best they can provide to you, as your outcomes and safety is their priority.
Book a consultation with both surgeons today to find out if you are suitable for this procedure.