Although completely natural, your tummy shape may mean that you are no longer able to wear figure hugging clothes or feel uncomfortable naked, in lingerie or fitted clothing.
Tummy tuck surgery helps you to achieve a slimmer profile and greater body confidence. It is a popular procedure and is tailored to your individual needs. Its main purpose is to improve body contours: changing the shape of your abdomen, tightening muscles, reducing stretch marks and removing or reducing scars after an operation.
As with all cosmetic surgery, discussion with your tummy tuck surgeon is crucial and you should give careful consideration to all the facts before deciding.
During your consultation at Liberate Cosmetic Surgery we explore what you are hoping to gain from surgery. Our qualified and experienced Liberate surgeons will assess your needs and discuss the results you can realistically expect.
A meeting is scheduled between you and your designated surgeon, who is an accredited member of BAAPS and/or BAPRAS. He or she will explain the procedure, the potential risks and even non-surgical alternatives. They are responsible for planning your procedure, preparation and aftercare. Your care is personalised. Expert in cosmetic abdominoplasty, we provide the highest level of care and expertise available, anywhere. Tummy tuck prices consist of surgeon’s and anaesthetist’s fees and hospital costs.
Surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, taking up to three hours, varying from patient to patient. There are different forms of tummy tuck surgery, depending on the extent of the operation.
A standard tummy tuck involves cuts above your bikini line and removing the belly button from surrounding skin. Torn or stretched muscles are pulled together and stitched in place. Excess fat will be trimmed and your belly button repositioned. You will have two scars: one around your belly button and a long curved scar along your bikini line, which can be hidden by your underwear.
A mini tummy tuck does not reposition the belly button. An extended tummy tuck removes skin and fat from abdomen and back leaving a scar around your belly button, bikini line and around your back.
Cuts are closed with stitches and your lower abdomen is strapped firmly with bandages.
Waking from your operation, it is normal to have a drip in your arm, providing fluids whilst you are not drinking and a catheter to drain your bladder. Tubes may drain fluids from the wound.
You will need to rest until the effects of the anaesthetic have passed. Hospital stays are between one and three days. To assist tummy tuck recovery your surgeon will have given you pain killers and information about how to avoid strain on your stitches.
If your stitches are not dissolvable they will be removed after one or two weeks. You may wear an elasticated garment to support your abdomen. After ten days it is common for light activities to be comfortable and swellings settle fully within a few months.
Once you have chosen your surgeon, there are a number of ways to make contact and arrange your initial consultation.
You can send your questions via the contact us page or email us directly here and a member of the Liberate team will contact you to answer any questions you may have and book your appointment.
The next step is to meet the surgeon of your choice. It is likely he/ she consults at two or three different hospitals; we can help you determine which location would be most convenient for you.
During an initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss with you your concerns and examine you to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for surgery.
He/ She will comprehensively explain what is involved in your procedure and discuss any possible risks associated with the procedure. This will be your first chance to ask all those questions!
Be sure to ask to see the surgeon’s before and after photographs. He/ She will be able to show you photographs of patients in a similar situation to yourself. This can be very useful for you to view the surgeon’s previous results to get an idea of what can be achieved.
Following your initial consultation, your surgeon will ask you to take time to think over all the information you have been given and talk it over with your friends and family. It is best practice for the surgeon to invite you back for a second consultation before you go ahead with any surgery.
This is a good opportunity to ask any questions that may have arisen since your first appointment. The surgeon will go through the procedure in more detail and ensure you have realistic expectations of the results possible.
When all your questions and concerns have been answered, the surgeon’s secretary will arrange a convenient date for your surgery. Try to avoid any important dates and events which may clash with your recovery period.
Each patient is different and it is difficult to predict how long your recovery will take. If you have young children make sure you have appropriate child care in place in order for you to recuperate and relax at home without having to look after the children.
With Liberate surgeons, you can rest assured that you will be looked after: before, during, following your surgery and beyond.
All Liberate surgeons make it a priority to see you following your surgery and are available for follow-up appointments.
You’ll be seen by the surgeon who operated on you – not a nurse or a different surgeon. It’s important to us that you see the surgeon you know already.
At Liberate, aftercare is for life.