A tummy tuck is a procedure to remove excess stomach fat and skin.
It also tightens abdomen muscles. Specifically, the mid and lower abdominal regions are treated to reduce stomach protrusion. This creates a healthier and more youthful appearance.
Thousands of tummy tucks are done across the globe each year. When performed by a qualified cosmetic and plastic surgeon such as Dr. Sleightholm, results are consistently positive.
Before and After – Tummy Tuck Results
Before the procedure, tummy tuck candidates are typically bothered by loose skin or a large fat deposit around the stomach that won’t respond to proper diet and exercise.
In particular, the procedure is beneficial to women who have gone through pregnancies. After giving birth, many women have stretched stomach skin and loose abdominal muscle.
After the tummy tuck procedure, a patient can expect skin folds, stretch marks, and excess fat to be greatly reduced. In this sense, a tummy tuck results in a flat and smooth abdomen without sagging skin.
Book a consultation now if you want to discuss a tummy tuck procedure with Dr. Sleightholm and a qualified consultant.
The exact details of tummy tucks vary depending on their complexity. Dr. Sleightholm will review all necessary details relating to your specific procedure with you in advance to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.
In general, Dr. Sleightholm will start the operation by making an incision above the pubic hairline. This area is typically hidden, as it is covered by underwear, swimming shorts, and bikini bottoms. The skin is then lifted and the abdominal wall tightened. Finally, Dr. Sleightholm will remove excess fat or skin to tighten your midsection.
The incision above the pubic hairline will leave a thin scar. Scars normally fade within a year after the procedure, however they will never disappear completely.
Patients receive tummy tucks while under general anesthesia. After the procedure, you may feel moderate pain, which can be controlled with medication.
There are certain risks associated with tummy tucks, however they are rare. If you have concerns, contact Dr. Sleightholm to discuss them.
Procedure-related risks may include:
- Skin Sensation Loss: Patients commonly have areas of partial or complete skin numbness around their abdomen. It may take several months for full sensation to return.
- Fluid Accumulation: Though it is a rare occurrence, tissue fluids may collect under the skin. Should this happen, contact Brampton Cosmetic promptly. Dr. Sleightholm will remove the fluid with a needle two to three times a week. He will do so for a period of up to three weeks until the problem is resolved.
- Skin Loss: Skin loss can result from an infection or excessive tension, though this occurs very rarely. The incision will still heal, but the process will be slower.
Tummy tuck patients should expect to spend a few days relaxing at home after the surgery, but they should be able to work two weeks after the procedure, provided their job does not require lifting or straining. Patients are up and moving around the next day. They can usually resume more physically strenuous activity after about after six weeks.