Abdominoplasty, better known as a tummy tuck, is one of the most popular types of plastic surgery for men and women. Over time, things like weight changes, ageing, and childbirth can all impact how your stomach looks. This can really affect your self-confidence and how happy you are with what you see in the mirror. 

Many people turn to abdominoplasty surgery to restore a smooth stomach and sculpted waistline to achieve their dream results. 

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Abdominoplasty in a 44-year-old lady after having children

Tummy tuck surgery flattens the tummy by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the abdominal walls. It can also help remove stretch marks in the lower part of the stomach. Abdominoplasty surgery is a popular treatment, especially following pregnancy and massive weight loss. 

The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make a small incision on the pubic mound. During the surgery, the abdominal walls are tightened, and any excess or sagging skin is removed. This leaves you with a flatter, more toned stomach. 

There are different types of tummy tuck surgeries. Your surgeon will talk you through your options to help you make the best decision. Types of abdominoplasty surgery include:

  • Mini tummy tuck 
  • Full tummy tuck 
  • Skin tightening 
1 week after abdominal liposuction and a mini tummy tuck

What Results Can You Achieve From Abdominoplasty Surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery will restore your flat stomach, giving you a more youthful-looking body. It can create a smoother tummy and a smaller waistline. You will have a small scare in the bikini area.  

Who is the Best Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

If you have excess fat and flab that doesn’t go away with a healthy diet and exercise, a tummy tuck may be right for you. Perhaps you feel your stomach is affecting your confidence and you just want to fit into your clothes comfortably without having to worry about your tummy. 

A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or quick fix. We recommend that you are as close to your ideal weight as possible to achieve the best results. The ideal candidate is a non-smoker with a stable weight in relatively good physical health.   

6 weeks after a tummy tuck

How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) with liposuction and fat transfer to the breasts

You will feel sore and tender immediately following your surgery. The recovery time really can differ from one person to another. Your doctor will discuss your individual recovery plan with you before surgery. 

There is no one answer for how long recovery takes. It can take a few weeks to feel like yourself again fully. You need to prepare for your initial recovery period, especially during the first couple of weeks. After a month or two, you will start to see the results as the swelling goes down. In general, the recovery process takes about six weeks. Be kind to yourself and take the time to rest and follow your recovery plan. 

The more time you take to research and prepare for your surgery, the stronger you will be afterwards. Having a firm and toned stomach can make such a big difference to the way you feel and look.  

What is the Difference Between Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck?

Liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries often appeal to people with similar aesthetic goals, but they are very different. When a person is looking for a smoother, flatter stomach, the two primary cosmetic surgeries that can help you achieve this is liposuction or a tummy tuck. 

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is often used to remove excess skin from the stomach. This could be after pregnancy or weight loss, where no amount of exercise or healthy eating can fix the problem. During a tummy tuck, your surgeon removes sagging skin and excess fat and tightens the abdominal walls. 

Abdominal liposuction with etching

Liposuction also aims to flatten and improve the appearance of the stomach. During liposuction, your surgeon will remove excess fat from the abdomen. However, it does not remove excess skin, any stretch marks, or tighten the abdominal wall. 

So, which one is the best for you?

Well, it really depends on your situation. 

For example, if you have excess fat or stubborn areas of fat that you just can’t shift, but you have a tight abdominal wall, then liposuction is a great option. On the other hand, if you have excess skin or a stretched abdominal wall, then liposuction may not be enough for you. This is when you would consider a tummy tuck.

Can You Get Liposuction Done at the Same Time as Your Tummy Tuck?

It’s common to perform different plastic surgeries at the same time. Often, when a patient is already in the surgery room, they want to take care of multiple areas simultaneously. 

You might be thinking if you can get liposuction and a tummy tuck at the same time together? The short answer is yes; they are frequently done together. It is entirely possible to have abdominal liposuction and a tummy tuck, but don’t expect aggressive liposuction. Liposuction to non-abdominal areas and a tummy tuck often takes place at the same time with excellent results. 

To get the best results, your doctor will create an individual treatment and recovery plan. The right procedure or combination of procedures is based entirely on your body and the results you’re looking to achieve. Although both a tummy tuck and liposuction can produce similar results, they are very different, so it’s important that you make the right decision. 

50-year-old male having liposuction of the abdomen and chest with gland excision and a mini-abdominoplasty incorporating an old appendix scar.

What are the Risks and Complications of Tummy Tuck Surgery?

There are some potential risks and complications associated with a tummy tuck, these include:

  • Infection 
  • Bleeding 
  • Fluid accumulation 
  • Poor wound healing 
  • Asymmetry 
  • Scarring 
  • Pain 
  • Fat necrosis 

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