Do you exercise daily and eat a healthy diet but still have difficulty getting rid of that unflattering flab or “muffin top” in your abdominal area? If so, tummy tuck may be the solution. Also known as abdominoplasty, this body contouring procedure targets excess abdominal skin and fat and weakened abdominal muscles that often become an issue as a result of age, pregnancy, weight fluctuations and other factors. By eliminating loose skin and fat, tummy tuck achieves a toned and firmer abdominal appearance — and not to mention, a more flattering overall figure!
Patients who seek safe and natural-looking tummy tuck results turn to Mr Miles Banwell, founder of the renowned Attune Clinic and a seasoned tummy tuck surgeon. Continue reading to learn more about tummy tuck surgery.
Can I Benefit from Tummy Tuck?
You may be a suitable candidate for tummy tuck if you:
- Have loose, excess skin and fat in the abdominal area due to genetics, weight fluctuations, pregnancy or aging
- Have weakened or separated abdominal muscles
- Are in good overall health
- Do not smoke
- Have realistic goals from tummy tuck surgery
Tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia. There are several types of tummy tuck procedures; Mr Banwell will select the one that best achieves your desired outcome.
In full tummy tuck surgery, Mr Banwell makes a horizontal incision from hipbone to hipbone. The incision is made low enough that it can be easily concealed by the bikini or underwear line. Mr Banwell removes excess skin from the abdomen and repairs the underlying muscles by suturing them together. Unwanted pockets of fat are eliminated using liposuction techniques. The treatment area is then closed with sutures. Mr Banwell creates an additional incision around the navel and raises it to a more natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing location on the abdomen. At the end of surgery, Mr Banwell uses soft shower-proof dressings and a well-fitted compression garment.
In addition to traditional tummy tuck, Mr Banwell also offers a less invasive variation of the procedure, known as minitummy tuck, which is suitable for patients who have little or no surplus fat but rather just excess skin located on the lower abdomen only. The mini-tummy tuck involves removing loose skin from the lower abdomen and tightening the underlying muscles. With this technique, Mr Banwell is able to make a shorter incision compared to the full tummy tuck technique.
What to Expect During Recovery
The initial recovery period for tummy tuck is typically one to two weeks. Rest is essential as your range of motion will be limited. Bruising, soreness and swelling are normal and can be minimized with oral pain medication prescribed by Mr Banwell. Although you will need to avoid vigorous exercise during first few weeks of recovery. He will meet with you regularly to ensure you recover as quickly and safely as possibly.
To learn whether tummy tuck can help you achieve the firm and toned abdomen you desire, schedule an appointment with Attune Clinic today.