Often referred to as a ‘tummy tuck’, abdominoplasty is an operation whose aims are to remove excess tissue in the lower abdomen and give a flatter stomach. The natural bulge between the tummy button and pubic line is removed and swapped for a scar. The body’s natural anatomy is also repaired if the six pack muscles have split following pregnancy.
Following surgery, previous abdominoplasty patients have benefitted from increased core strength when any post pregnancy muscle split has been repaired, as well as a giving a firmer, flatter stomach.
Abdominoplasty involves making a long incision across the lower stomach which will leave a visible scar designed to be hidden by underwear.
A key outcome of our consultation is that I understand your expectations and you understand the risks.
Our consultation will establish the aims of your surgery: what it can and what it can’t achieve.
We will then discuss what will happen before, during and after your operation, what you will experience and the impact on your daily life during the recovery period.
I will describe the effects of surgery including some of the unavoidable consequences, such as the scar and areas which may become numb. I will illustrate these with photos and provide written information.
I will explain the risks of surgery such as bleeding, infection and wound healing problems and how to mitigate against them. I will also advise you about the risks from the anaesthetic such as a DVT (venous blood clot in the legs) and how we reduce these risks.
The consultation is a bespoke interaction between us to help you reach a considered and informed decision.