Considering plastic surgery can feel like a daunting decision, particularly when the entire process can feel so foreign to many of us. Perhaps you’ve never come across formal terms such as an ‘abdominoplasty’, but many surgical procedures are more common and easy to understand than you might think. An abdominoplasty (known more commonly as a ‘tummy tuck’) is one of the more common procedures performed by plastic surgeons, yet many people don’t have a lot of knowledge of what it entails.
This blog will go through some of the most frequently asked questions about Abdominoplasties. If you think and abdominoplasty is a viable option for you, book a consultation with Ashton Plastic Surgery to receive personalised advice.
What Exactly is an Abdominoplasty?
An Abdominoplasty is a procedure designed to shape and tone the abdomen. The procedure involves removing excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen and belly, slimming the torso to create an overall firmer physique. Once the excess tissue is removed, muscles are often brought closer together, and connective tissues are tightened with the use of sutures. An abdominoplasty is performed under anaesthesia.
What is the Abdominoplasty Process?
With a procedure like this, it’s important to understand what result you are likely to achieve, as well as understanding the surgery itself. There are specific protocols that need to be followed in preparation for a tummy tuck, as well as a few tips and tricks that will help make the recovery process easier. Here’s a breakdown of what the entire procedure process may look like for a patient:
The better the physical condition you are in before the procedure, the quicker your recovery will be. Leading up to surgery it is important to get yourself as fit as possible, and to try to reach your ideal weight goals – remember, an abdominoplasty isn’t a replacement for weight loss. Abdominoplasty surgery is aimed at removing excess tissue from your abdomen. Your surgeon may recommend specific medications, or lifestyle habits such as smoking, be adjusted in preparation for the procedure and general anaesthesia. It is essential to prepare your home for your recovery before having the procedure, having a comfortable spot at home set up with the essentials nearby, will make your post-procedure experience endlessly easier.
With Professor Ashton your abdominoplasty will take place in an accredited hospital, and you will stay in Hospital overnight following your surgery. Be sure to arrange for a friend or family member to drop you off and pick you up from the hospital, as you won’t be able to drive yourself afterwards.
You will need to organise a friend or family member to stay with you for at least 48 hours following discharge from the Hospital. Your plastic surgeon, Professor Ashton will provide detailed instructions on post-operative care. The healing process may look different for every patient, compression garments might be recommended, and there may be temporary drainage tubes placed under the skin to help drain any excess fluid. All recovery needs will be tailored to your body and explained by your surgeon and his team. Most importantly, it is vital to keep yourself comfortable, and to follow instructions to ensure your body can heal appropriately.
Who can get an Abdominoplasty?
There are a few specific guidelines for people considering an abdominoplasty, it may not be suitable for everyone. The procedure is ideal for people who are at a stable and healthy weight, aware of the realistic outcomes, and are looking to shed some of the stubborn excess skin/fat on their abdomen.
An abdominoplasty may not be suitable for anyone unable to have an anaesthetic, at a high risk of surgical complications, or looking for a substitute for a weight loss. People planning to get pregnant in the future may also be recommended to delay the procedure, as pregnancy may affect the surgical results. Anyone considering plastic surgery should discuss it at length with a professional and assess what is right for them.
What are the Risks and Benefits?
Like any procedure, there are always going to be risks. When deciding if an abdominoplasty is right for you, it’s important to do your research, and to decide based on what is going to be best for your body. Some of the potential risks involved with a tummy tuck include:
Pain and discomfort
Prominent and itchy scarring
Blood clotting that will require further treatment
Along with potential surgical risks, there are various benefits to an abdominoplasty that have made it a common and popular procedure. These include:
Improved function of abdominal muscles
Reduction of tummy bulging as a result of excess fat and skin
Correction of divercation of the rectus muscles.
Interested in a Tummy Tuck Procedure?
Plastic surgery can be a big decision, but taking the time to understand the process and all the risks involved, allowing you to make an informed decision. If you’re considering an abdominoplasty, or are interested in finding out more information, Ashton Plastic Surgery is ready to help you on your journey.
Book an appointment with Dr. Mark Ashton today to find out if a tummy tuck is best for you.