A woman’s waistline is an important part of her body image, and pregnancy, weight gain or weight loss can ruin the youthful contour of the belly.
The loss of tummy contour can have various reasons ranging from excess fat under the skin, looseness of skin (that hangs like a fold over the underclothes), sagging of belly button and a tear in the joint of the rectus muscles (rectus divarication, ventral hernia).
None of the above problems can be tackled non surgically and depending on the severity of the problem, one of the variations of the tummy tuck can effectively correct the problem, restoring a flat youthful tummy.
There are several types of a tummy tuck:
Mini Tuck: if there is just a small fold of skin, especially above the C-Section scar, no sagging of the belly button and no looseness of muscle, then this skin only operation can be an effective answer.
Mini Tuck with liposuction: this is similar to the above but combines it with liposuction of the central belly, side of the belly and in some cases lower back.
Lipo-Abdominoplasty: in this operation liposuction of the front and side of the belly is combined with the removal of the excess skin fold, tightening of the rectus muscle, and relocation of the droopy belly button into a better more aesthetic place.
Extended Tummy tuck: combines all the components of a Lipo-Abdominoplasty with a wider removal of the skin fold, this generally applies to heavier BMI patients.
Belt Lipectomy or Lower Body Lift: this is an operation commonly performed after massive weight loss, either achieved through diet and exercise or Bariatric surgery. In this operation, a 360-degree body lift involves removal of the excess skin fold in front of the belly and also on the sides and lower back. The resultant scar goes all around the belly below the underwear or trouser strapline. This procedure achieves a flattening of the belly, a lifting of the sides of the thigh and also of the buttock.
The average cost of a tummy tuck starts from 1900 GBP onwards.
Most insurance or NHS providers will not cover a tummy tuck unless you can show that it is associated with an umbilical or ventral hernia, in which case you might be able to appeal. If it is being done for cosmetic reasons, it will not be covered.
Losing weight until you are close to your ideal body weight, is always a very good idea before considering any cosmetic surgery.
A tummy tuck, just like other cosmetic surgeries is a safe procedure with very few major side effects. We discuss all side effects minor and major with you during your consultation and also take all precautions to reduce the chances of problems.
The recovery from a tummy tuck is similar to but slightly shorter than that of a Caesarean Section (C Section), you will need about 2 weeks before you are back to doing light work around the house, in a months’ time you should be back to normal.
Depending on the type of tummy tuck the scar will be placed quite low, just above the pubic hairline. As with all scars it takes about 1 to 1.5 years for the scar to mature and settle. All scars improve with the passage of time and given its position a tummy tuck scar slowly merges into the groin fold well-hidden below your underwear.
While in some patients with a good quality skin and the use of Laser Assisted Liposuction substantial flattening of the tummy can be achieved, if there is looseness of the tummy muscles or a sagging belly button, there is no alternative to a tummy tuck.
* All prices quoted apply to surgery done at World Class clinic in Mumbai, India and are subject to variation based on prevalent exchange rates.
The average cost of a tummy tuck starts from 1900 GBP* onwards.
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