It’s an area of concern for many women, especially after pregnancy and weight loss – the loose skin, stretch marks and less defined muscles in the stomach that show signs of ageing and can cause a loss of confidence. You may think that your current figure doesn’t feel like the best version of yourself and you may feel self-conscious wearing certain clothes, even after your dedication to healthy eating and exercise. An abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, aims to flatten the stomach and create a slimmer profile and waist by repairing and tightening stomach muscles, eliminating unwanted fat and soft tissue, and removing excess skin. If you’re a healthy and stable weight and are aspiring to get your dream figure, this procedure could be right for you.
At Glow, we understand that everyone’s reasons for wanting a tummy tuck are completely unique, so we listen, we treat you like an individual, and we always provide a bespoke service. The procedure, performed under general anaesthetic, can take approximately 1½ hours for a “mini” tummy tuck, and approximately 2 ½ hours for a standard procedure. Your surgeon will require a 1-2 night stay in one of our comfortable, private hospitals.
The ideal patient for a tummy tuck is someone whose weight is normal, particularly those who have been overweight and have lost the excess weight. The aim of an abdominoplasty is to remove excess skin, unwanted stretch marks and fat from the stomach and give a flatter appearance by tightening the abdominal wall muscles that can be damaged during pregnancy. Your surgeon will make incisions across the stomach from one hip to the other and around the navel (umbilicus). In the case of a “mini” tummy tuck, where only a small amount of excess skin needs to be removed, incisions are just made across the abdomen, not around the navel. The muscles above and below the umbilicus are tightened and excess skin and fat are removed. When the incisions around the navel and across the abdomen are closed, the line most commonly sits just above the pubic bone, below the underwear line.