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 provides patients with a toned and firmer abdominal appearance —not to mention a more flattering overall figure!
Patients who seek safe, natural-looking tummy tuck results turn to Mr Miles Banwell, founder of the renowned Attune Clinic and 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 relating to tummy tuck surgery
There are several types of tummy tuck surgery; Mr Banwell will select the one that best achieves your desired outcome. The procedure will be performed under general anesthesia.
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 mini tummy 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. You will need to avoid vigorous exercise during the first few weeks of recovery. Mr Banwell will meet with you regularly to ensure you recover as quickly and safely as possibly.
Getting the Best Tummy Tuck Results
Once you are fully healed from surgery (which may take up to a year depending on your personal healing progress), you will notice that your abdomen is flatter and firmer. Your midsection will be better sculpted. With proper care, your scars will be nearly invisible.
Results vary patient to patient. To ensure the best outcome from tummy tuck, work with an experienced and qualified tummy tuck surgeon. Although there is always risk with any surgery, a surgeon like Mr Banwell is trained and skilled in the best surgical techniques to minimize risk and ensure great cosmetic results. In addition, it is recommended that you wait to have tummy tuck until you are done having children. Future pregnancies and weight gain can undo the results of your tummy tuck. To maintain your firmer and flatter abdomen, you should practice a healthy lifestyle. Eat a well-balanced diet and exercise regularly. Protect your scars from the sun as UV damage can prevent the scars from healing and fading properly. Mr Banwell will provide you with more tips to follow so you can enjoy your tummy tuck results for years to come.
Full tummy tuck vs. mini tummy tuck: how do I choose?
Only a qualified plastic surgeon can determine which tummy tuck technique is best for you. Generally speaking, patients who have excess skin and fat on the lower abdomen only may benefit most from a mini tummy tuck while those with loose skin and fat on the entire abdomen may achieve more comprehensive and noticeable results from a full tummy tuck. Mr Banwell will evaluate your case, including your needs and goals, to help you make the best decision.
What are the possible risks of tummy tuck?
Rare but possible risks of tummy tuck include infection, bleeding, adverse reaction to anesthesia, seroma, poor wound healing and changes in skin sensation. Mr Banwell will discuss all risks in detail with you and explain the steps he takes to minimize these risks.
Does tummy tuck leave a scar?
Tummy tuck does leave a scar. The good news is that the incision is placed low enough on the abdomen that any scarring will be hidden under most bathing suit bottoms and underwear. With good care, the scar should fade over time.
Should I lose weight before having tummy tuck?
The best candidates for tummy tuck are individuals who are at or near their ideal weight. For this reason, you may need to lose weight prior to tummy tuck. Please note that weight should be stabilized for at least six months prior to surgery.
How much does tummy tuck cost?
The cost of tummy tuck varies patient to patient, depending on the complexity of the procedure, whether it is being combined with other cosmetic procedures and other factors. Mr Banwell and the team at Attune Clinic will provide you with an accurate cost estimate for your tummy tuck procedure after meeting with you in person.
To learn whether tummy tuck can help you achieve the firm and toned abdomen you desire, schedule an appointment with Attune Clinic today.