Questions & answers

Here is your chance to have a look at some of the many questions our surgeons have been asked recently. Although this does not replace a consultation with your own surgeon, it may help to answer a few of your concerns.

If your question hasn’t been answered here simply use the button below to send it to us and we will endeavour to include it in the near future. Alternatively you can contact us so that we can discuss your queries with you directly.

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I would like to know if I am suitable for caesarean scar revision. I had my baby a year ago and have been left with a bad dent. I don't have a saggy tummy or stretch marks and I think I have managed to slim down on my tummy quite well except for the dent?

There are two main options for treating this problem. The choice depends on whether you would be willing to have the scar revised.

The dent has formed probably because the underlying layer was not sutured, therefore as the skin healed, the fat layer separated (leaving a gap).

Option 1
This is the most reliable but means having the scar re-done, but this time carefully closing the tissue layers. It could be done under local anaesthetic. The disadvantage is a fresh scar that would take time to fade.

Option 2
Fat transfer involves sucking fat from elsewhere using a 2mm wide tube (from the area above the dent) and injecting this into the area missing fat. The advantage is that there would be no scar, but the success is not at all guaranteed as some of the injected fat will dissolve so a further treatment may be needed. I'm happy to see you to discuss these options.
 

How long do I have to wear a compression garment for after a tummy tuck/ liposuction?

This will depend on how invasive your surgery has been and also your surgeon’s normal regimen. It is common that patients wear a support garment for the first 2-6 weeks. Please ask your surgeon at the consultation.

Can I undergo a tummy tuck if I have diabetes, or other chronic conditions?

Men and women who have chronic health conditions, such as thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis can still undergo abdominoplasty - provided that their conditions have been successfully optimised by their physician. Although “tummy tuck” is a commonly performed cosmetic procedure, it is still major surgery, and must be treated as such in all cases. A responsible plastic surgeon will perform blood tests, and take a comprehensive medical history to ensure that all risks of surgery are minimised.

Does a tummy tuck get rid of stretch marks?

You can get rid of stretch marks only if they are within the area of skin that will be removed with a tummy tuck. The skin between your navel and the pubic area is the skin that is usually removed. If your stretch marks go beyond that area, they will still be there after a tummy tuck.

Can thigh lifts be combined with liposuction?

It is very common to do some liposuction at the time of a thigh lift. The combined procedures compliment each other and give you a better result. If you have to separate the two procedures then do the liposuction first, then the thigh lift.

What is the difference between an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and a body lift?

A tummy tuck only corrects the looseness and redundancy (extra skin) of the tummy or abdomen. A body lift combines a tummy tuck with the lifting and tightening of the redundant back skin folds, the sagging buttocks and the outer thighs.

Therefore, a body lift is a more extensive procedure, with the goal of lifting and tightening the entire lower body. Most people with loose abdominal skin or even with some sagging of the buttocks can be treated with an extended tummy tuck or a high tension tummy tuck. For those who, as a result of massive weight loss, develop an abundance of lower body skin excess with sagging of the buttocks and outer thighs, are better served with a body lift.

The incision of a body lift extends farther than the incision for abdominoplasty – past the hips to the back, like a belt. Because of this some people call a body lift a “Belt Lipectomy.”

Can I have an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and liposuction procedure at the same time?

There is not a one size fits all answer to this question. In most cases, liposuction of the flanks can safely be done at the same time as abdominoplasty. Occasionally, liposuction can also be performed to other parts of the body. Liposuction is often performed on the flanks and hips to help achieve a better contour. It really depends on your anatomy and the extent of surgery that is required for your abdominoplasty. This is something that you can discuss with your surgeon at the time of your consultation.

Why is wearing a compression garment so important?

Your surgeon may recommend you wear a compression garment following liposuction. Compression garments provide support to the healing portion of your body and fits your skin into its new contours as your body adjusts to the change in shape.

How long do I have to wear a compression garment for after a tummy tuck/ liposuction?

This will depend on how invasive your surgery has been and also your surgeon’s normal regimen. It is common that patients wear a support garment for the first 2-6 weeks. Please ask your surgeon at the consultation.

Is there a weight limit for surgery?

This may vary between surgeons. If you are considering an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or Liposuction procedure, the best results are within two stones of your ideal weight. If you are currently on a weight loss programme, it is advised that when you have reached your goal, you may then consider surgery.

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