A tummy tuck, sometimes called an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to create a flatter and more contoured abdominal area.Book a Consultation Today
In the hands of our skilled surgeons, an abdominoplasty is an effective solution to the loose skin and pads of fat on the abdomen that are difficult to remove even with a healthy diet and exercise regime.
The abdominoplasty or tummy tuck will restore a flat and smooth body profile, transforming your self-confidence and body image.
On this page, we look at:
- Why choose North Bristol Private Hospital?
- Why is my consultation so important?
- What results can I expect after surgery?
Why choose North Bristol Private Hospital for your tummy tuck?
We offer world-class surgery to patients in Bristol and the Southwest. Our surgical teams possess unrivalled skills and experience and work in our state-of-the-art consultation and surgical facilities. You won’t need to wait months for a consultation as we see all our patients within eight weeks of your first contact with us.
We know that any surgery can be daunting, but we also believe that by developing a supportive relationship with you, we can make you feel more confident and reduce any anxiety you may have.
The facility’s unique design allows for only three bespoke overnight stay rooms, so you are guaranteed privacy and individual care when you recover after your surgery. After surgery, you will be cared for by your own dedicated nurse in our comfortable in-patient ward. Our excellent aftercare and calm, safe surroundings makes for quicker healing.
We can accommodate any requirements that you may have regarding security or religious and cultural practices. For example, we can provide an all-female surgical and nursing team if this would make you more comfortable. You can also make arrangements to book the whole facility to ensure complete privacy.
If your relatives or friends accompany you, they will be able to find high-quality overnight accommodation nearby.
Why is my consultation so important?
The pre-op consultations are a crucial step on your aesthetic surgery journey.
At your initial consultation, your surgeon will spend time discussing your expectations of surgery and the surgical techniques that will help you to achieve your goal. You will receive details of what to expect after surgery, your aftercare and your recovery. It would help if you were realistic in your expectations, and your surgeon will be clear about what can be achieved.
You will have time to consider your surgery, and then at your second consultation, you will be able to ask any questions you may have. Once you are completely confident about having the abdominoplasty, we will schedule your surgery.
What results can I expect after surgery?
Our highly skilled surgeons produce excellent results for our patients.
We believe that a clear understanding of what surgery can achieve is key to patient satisfaction. Your detailed discussions with your surgeon will ensure you know exactly what to expect from the surgery and your recovery period.
Frequently asked questions
The surgery aims to remove excess skin and fat and smooth bumps from your middle and lower torso and pubic area by tightening the underlying muscles and deep fascia of the abdominal wall through carefully paced incisions.
Your surgeon may trim up to 50% of the skin on your abdomen, so the unsightly stretch marks that develop with extreme weight changes and pregnancy will be removed.
Abdominoplasty takes place under general anaesthetic and can involve several surgical techniques. Your surgeon will discuss the best techniques for you during your consultations.
Most patients no longer need medication after a week. It is important to rest after surgery, and it is a good idea for you to take between four and six weeks off work. You should be able to stand upright in two to four weeks, return to driving in four to six weeks, start exercising again after eight to twelve weeks, and then return to normal activities after two months. You will need to wear a supportive garment after surgery to promote healing.
The healing process varies according to the individual. Your surgeon will advise you when you have healed sufficiently to start becoming active again, particularly if you intend to engage in strenuous exercise.
Your abdominoplasty scar should have faded considerably after a year.
You will be lighter after your surgery as excess skin and tissue will have been removed from your body. However, it is best to consider tummy tuck surgery as a post-weight loss procedure. It is designed to remove the stretched excess skin and stubborn fat that remains after weight loss or pregnancy. Our surgical teams like patients to maintain healthy body weight for at least six months before an abdominoplasty.
It is best to wait a full year after pregnancy before having a tummy tuck to ensure that your body has recovered. It is important to remember that you will be unable to do any heavy lifting, including carrying a child, for nine months after surgery.
There are alternative techniques to flatten the abdomen that are less invasive. They may be suitable for you depending upon the amount of skin and tissue that needs to be removed and if the muscle needs repairing. Your surgeon will discuss these alternatives with you at your consultation.
The sutures used to tighten the muscles are permanent. If you gain significant amounts of weight, the skin will be stretched again.