What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is one of the larger cosmetic surgery procedures we do here at Reflect Clinic Manchester. Medically a tummy tuck is known as abdominoplasty and the procedure itself removes excess skin around your tummy to help achieve a slimmer look, reshaping the abdominal area and often reducing the size of the waist to give an hourglass shape. often combined with liposuction and tightening of the underlying tummy muscles to refine the result.
Your Tummy Tuck will be Unique to You
Out of the many plastic surgery procedures that we carry out in our Manchester Clinic the Tummy Tuck is one of those that tends to make the most positive effect on our patients. On occasions we have had patients who have had 4 kilos of tissue removed from their tummy area and sometimes for example with a mini tummy tuck, a lot less.
Every patient that comes to see us at our clinic in Spire Manchester (Didsbury, South Manchester) is welcomed with their own individual consultation that is relevant to that specific patient. If somebody has opted for cosmetic surgery then we know from our experience that their reason will be unique to them, their needs and their reasons for needing in this case, a tummy tuck.
We will discuss with you the operation after a careful review of your needs and be able to tell you what it will take to achieve the results that you most desire.
A Full Tummy Tuck or a Mini Tummy Tuck
When it comes to a full tummy tuck the name suggests that the procedure isn’t actually as big as the reality. Abdominoplasty involves both the removing of tissue from below your naval area and the reducing excess skin and therefore the full version of a tummy tuck is not a small operation. A Full Tummy Tuck lifts all the tummy right from the ribs and therefore allows the Surgeon to tighten the underlying muscles and to correct any laxity (loose skin) in the upper part of the tummy at the same time. This requires an incision around the umbilicus (tummy button) too.
A mini tummy tuck, as the name suggests is a much smaller operation. The mini operation is for ladies who have stubborn excess in the lower tummy area and therefore this can be removed more quickly, leaving a smaller scar. The rehabilitation time for mini tummy tuck surgery is much quicker than that of the full tummy tuck
Tummy tuck Recovery and Rehabilitation
Full tummy tuck surgery will take between 2-3 hours to complete, you will have the surgery when under a general anaesthetic. The good news is that at Reflect Clinic we do not use drains as part of your recovery plan and therefore there is no need for an uncomfortable removal of drains, post operatively. You will need to stay in hospital for between 1-2 nights to ensure that we can monitor your immediate recovery from surgery. The quicker that you’re mobile again, the quicker you will be able to go home to recuperate in a familiar environment with support on hand should you need it. We strongly advise that you arrange for somebody to pick you up from hospital as you won’t be able to drive.
After surgery we’d suggest that you stay mobile and that includes light walking for the first 5-10 days after surgery. Mobility is very important as this reduces the risk of post operative clots in your legs. You will also be provided with painkillers after your operation that we strongly suggest that you take.
Whilst we suggest mobility after surgery, it’s very important in the first 6 weeks after surgery that you’re not lifting any heavy items or doing housework such as vacuuming.
How Much will My Tummy Tuck Cost
As mentioned above, the tummy tuck is an operation that is unique to you. No two patients are the same and we can’t give you your exact cost until after we have assessed you during your consultation. Prices for tummy tuck with Reflect Clinic start at £9,500 up to £11,000.
Book your Tummy Tuck Consultation with Our Clinic
If you’d like to discuss tummy tuck surgery with our clinic then please get in touch via our website or call our Clinic Manager, Jayne, who will be happy to discuss your needs with you and arrange for you to meet with Mr Lambe (our lead plastic surgeon) for your consultation.