What is an tummy tuck/abdominoplasty?
An Abdominoplasty procedure is performed to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen. The aim is to produce a flatter and tighter stomach which may include the tightening of muscles. This procedure can be performed following pregnancy, weight loss or successful surgery to treat obesity. It may be possible to achieve a flat stomach through healthy dieting and effective exercise. Indeed many surgeons recommend that an abdominoplasty should be used to remove excess skin after dieting and exercise to achieve the right body shape underneath. Please read the patient testimonial below.
How is an abdominoplasty performed?
Abdominoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia. The procedure takes around three hours to perform and patients typically stay in hospital for two days for post operative care. Abdominoplasty surgery is performed by removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal wall between the pubic area and the umbilicus (navel). The skin of the abdominal wall at the level of the umbilicus is then drawn down to suture it to the pubic level.
What are the results like and how will I feel?
This procedure can provide marked improvement. Your stomach should appear flatter and your abdominal muscles may feel and look firmer if they have been repaired. Abdominoplasty can provide both physical and psychological benefits. Patients who have undergone this type of surgery report they feel more personally confident about their new body image and can experience improved self esteem as a result of surgery.
Most patients experience some discomfort following surgery and take analgesic tablets (pain killers) for up to one week following surgery. In general, healing can be slow, particularly in the central part of the operation site and sometimes dressings are needed for a few weeks.
Are there any risks involved in an abdominoplasty procedure?
All surgery involves an element of risk from developing complications. However, cosmetic surgery is usually undertaken voluntarily and only when a patient is in good health. Therefore, the probability of experiencing complications from this kind of surgery are substantially lower than those who undergo surgery for ill health reasons.
How much does it cost?
At Pinehill Hospital in Hertfordshire, we offer an 'all inclusive' cost so you know what the price will be from the outset. Our fixed price package for the surgery includes surgeon and anaesthetist fees, and the hospital costs including overnight accommodation and a follow up consultation. Our prices can be found here.
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To find out more about treatments and services at the Pinehill Hospital, please contact us via our online form or on: 01462 410 002
Why choose Pinehill Hospital?
Pinehill Hospital is a small private hospital in the market town of Hitchin in Herts nestled between Stevenage and Luton. All consultants working at Pinehill have been granted practicing privileges having completed a stringent assessment process before going before our Management Advisory Committee. They are all highly skilled surgeons, experienced consultants who conduct many procedures and operations every week.