A tummy tuck operation is also known as abdominoplasty. It involves removing excess skin and fat from the stomach area through surgical procedure. A tummy tuck operation is intended to leave the patient with a flatter tummy and to remove any signs of an 'apron' stomach or an overhang which is sometimes visible above underwear. A tummy tuck operation will usually focus on the lower part of the stomach, below the belly button and may require the belly button to be repositioned in some cases. The procedure is often carried out on women who have suffered from stretched skin in the stomach area after pregnancy and giving birth.
During a tummy tuck procedure the aim of the surgeon is to cut away fat and excess skin. To do this he will make in incision on the lowest part of the stomach, where a fold will be visible above the pubic bone. He will take out as much excess fat as can be removed and will then cut the skin to fit back over the place where the fat has been removed from. It is important to have realistic expectations of a tummy tuck. A good surgeon will advise you if your expectations are unrealistic. Taking too much fat and skin away can result in folds at each end of the resulting scar which are sometimes referred to as ?bunny ears?.
Tummy tucks are recommended for either men or women who have an excess of fat and skin around their abdomen which cannot be removed by weight loss, exercise or liposuction. Tummy tuck operations in women are usually reserved for those who are not likely to have children as it is inadvisable to get pregnant again after having skin removed, this can cause the wound to stretch and scar.
The cost will depend on a number of factors including where the operation is to be carried out, the expertise of the surgeon and how much work needs to be done in order to see significant results. In some cases, a tummy tuck operation can be carried out at the cost of the state health system. For this to happen, the patient would have to demonstrate to the GP that the excess fat and skin on the stomach is a big problem either physically or mentally.
For those paying privately the cost of a tummy tuck operation can range from £3000 up to around £8000.