Abdominoplasty surgery – often referred to as a tummy tuck – is a procedure to reshape the abdomen. There are a variety of abdominoplasty procedures available, and operations can be tailored to suit a patient’s wishes and needs. Generally speaking, however, tummy tucks are most commonly carried out to remove excess skin, unwanted scars, stretch marks and fat, and to tighten the stomach muscles.
Mr Sherif Wilson is an expert plastic surgeon who is able to carry out tummy tuck surgery in either his Bristol, Bath or Gloucester practices.
Why you might need tummy tuck surgery
Typically, patients who are interested in tummy tuck surgery experience at least one of the following:
- Loose, excess skin with develops with age following pregnancy
- Surplus skin and fat on the abdomen after rapid weight loss
- Loose, ‘overhang’ skin that will not seem to reduce despite increased exercise and positive changes to diet
The ideal patient for abdominoplasty surgery is someone whose weight is normal, particularly those who have been overweight and have lost the excess weight. Abdominoplasty is not an operation for people who are overweight, or as an attempt at losing weight. In appropriate patients abdominoplasty can have a very marked effect and is associated with high patient satisfaction.
Before tummy tuck surgery
Before you go ahead with tummy tuck surgery in Bristol, Bath or Gloucester, it’s important you understand how the procedure works and what will work best for you. Mr Wilson will be more than happy to meet with you as many times as you need to ensure you are comfortable and happy before the abdominoplasty surgery takes place. If you decide to go ahead with a tummy tuck, Mr Wilson can perform it at either Spire Bristol Hospital, BMI Bath Clinic or Winfield Hospital, Gloucester.
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedure
There are several types of tummy tuck surgery and following a consultation(s) Mr Wilson will advise which is best for you.
A mini abdominoplasty is most suitable if there is only a small amount of excess skin. Surplus skin below the umbilicus is removed leaving a low abdominal scar at the level of the pubic hair.
For patients who have significant skin laxity, excess fat and separation of the muscles, a classic tummy tuck is the most common procedure. Performed under general anaesthetic, this operation can require patients to be in hospital for two or three days. During the operation, an incision is made from hip to hip and around the umbilicus. The excess skin and fat is excised from the umbilicus to just above the pubic hair. The muscles above and below the umbilicus are tightened. The skin is then sewn up to give a circular scar around the umbilicus and a long scar across the lower abdomen. Although this operation leaves a large scar, it does provide the greatest improvement in abdominal shape.
Liposuction can sometimes be done at the same time as the abdominoplasty. However, liposuction can be recommended instead of an abdominoplasty for younger patients who have good quality, elastic skin and whose main problem is a localized excess of fat. A general anaesthetic is most commonly used, but treatment can often be as a day case. During the procedure, small incisions are made, excess fat is removed and the wounds are then closed. Some degree of skin tightening or shrinkage can be expected as well, but the results of liposuction can sometimes be unpredictable. Liposuction alone will have less effect than abdominoplasty.
After tummy tuck surgery
Abdominoplasty patients will be admitted on the day of surgery, and the length of stay depends on which procedure is carried out. With a full abdominoplasty you will have some dressings on your tummy and usually some drains (plastic tubes attached to suction bottles). The drains will usually be removed before you go home. Patients will be mobile from day one and should be back to full exercise within six weeks. Patients are recommended to take two weeks off work immediately after the operation in order to ensure they recuperate fully.
Tummy tuck reviews
I cannot express my thanks enough to Mr Sherif Wilson for the amazing job he has done for me. He has restored my self-confidence and given me a new lease on life. To undertake an abdominoplasty at the age of 58 was a pretty big step for me but, one that I can certainly say without doubt was one of the best I have ever made. From start to finish Mr Wilson was patient and understanding, he explained everything fully and always made me feel comfortable. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mr Wilson to anyone, an absolutely brilliant plastic surgeon!
I had my first consultation with Mr Wilson in June 2017, and had a full tummy tuck (with mons pubis) operation on November 7th 2017. I had put on around 4 stone with each of my 2 pregnancies some 20+ years ago resulting in multiple stretch marks, and after losing 4 stone more recently, was unhappy with the ‘overhang’ of my stomach. Right from the outset Mr Wilson’s manner made me feel very comfortable; he explained both the procedure and the associated risks very clearly and always answered any queries I had as fully as possible. The operation went smoothly and the post-op care I received from both Mr Wilson and the nursing and other staff at The Spire was professional and attentive. Now 6 weeks post op I have just stopped wearing my medical corset and feel absolutely amazing! I am so pleased I had this operation done and would highly recommend to anyone else. I would like to convey my heartfelt thanks to Mr Wilson and his PA Jane, as well as the staff at The Spire. Regards, Alison