Abdominaplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Abdominoplasty is a procedure where excess abdominal skin is removed and the underlying central abdominal muscles tightened to give a nice flat appearance. This procedure can be combined with liposuction in areas where fat is difficult to reduce like the upper abdomen and flanks (love handle area).
If there is excess skin on the back with descend of buttocks then abdominoplasty could be extended to the back and this is called circumferential abdominoplasty. This is usually carried out in excessive weight loss patients. Circumferential abdominoplasty provides a lift to the buttocks, lateral thighs and perineum area.
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Am I suitable to have an abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty is commonly carried out in ladies as they can have excess skin with stretch marks, which does not retract after childbirth. A full abdominoplasty is usually recommended after family is complete but if not then a smaller procedure called Mini-abdominoplasty can be done which removes some of excess skin below the belly button. Abdominoplasty is gaining in popularity in males who wish to have a flat abdominal wall.
How is an abdominoplasty done?
Mr Irfan Khan carries out abdominoplasty using a High Lateral Tension technique. This means that the excess skin in lateral or outside part of the trunk is pulled and brought towards the midline resulting in a nice waist on the sides and flat appearance in the front. Via an incision extending from one hip to other and across pubic area, whole of abdominal skin is lifted to chest margin. Then the muscles are tightened, excess skin removed and sutured.
Will I have a scar?
Scar extends from one hip to other and across the pubic area ( like an extended C-Section scar). There is also a scar around the belly button.
How long is recovery period?
Recovery can take 2 to 4 weeks. Muscle tightening is pain full and therefore pain killers will be given. Due to the muscle tightening, this procedure does take time to recover therefore adequate rest time should be arranged before going back to work.
Are there any risks of the procedure?
Surgery should never be taken lightly as it carries risks and complications and these will be explained. While complications can occur, Mr Khan takes all precautions necessary to prevent these.
How much time off work is needed?
This would vary depending on the type of work done. Usually three to four weeks off work are needed.
Mr Khan will explain the full procedure, recovery, post operative care and answer all questions at time of consultation.
Procedures - Mr Irfan Khan