Depending on the type of tummy tuck needed, it could be performed as a day case procedure, or you may need to stay in hospital overnight.

Your Plastic Surgeon will advise you at your consultation.

There are two types of tummy tuck. A modified tummy tuck is used to remove excess fat and skin from below the belly button, whereas a full tummy tuck requires an incision running from hip to hip.

In this procedure excess abdominal fat is removed together with excess skin.

Your tummy muscles are also tightened. The scar for a full tummy tuck runs along the bikini line.

After the surgery, you can expect a flatter and tighter abdomen.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

You may need to arrange up to two weeks of work after a tummy tuck. In the first week you will have a course of antibiotics to take, and you will be given some pain relief medication.

Expect some bruising and swelling in the first few weeks and you will feel sore.

The Plastic Surgeon will show you how to put on your post-operative garments which are a very important part of the recovery process. They have to reduce swelling and promote healing.

You will notice that the incision line will have sutures in place which will need to be removed by your Plastic Surgeon at the appropriate time. Do not pull these sutures.

You should avoid all strenuous activity for six weeks and not engage in sexual activity until you are comfortable to do so. The same goes for driving. Do not drive until you feel comfortable at the wheel.

After surgery, make sure you drink plenty of water and follow a good balanced diet. Do not smoke. Smoking can increase the risk of bleeding, infection and wound complications after surgery. Avoid alcohol whilst taking the antibiotics.

Allow three months to see the final result although subtle changes can occur for several months later as the tissues continue to settle down.

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Your Patient Journey

If this is your first experience of reaching a cosmetic surgery or aesthetic medical procedure, we understand it can be a bit daunting. In this short guide we outline the steps from start to finish of your procedure, so you can see the pathway to a new you!

1. Step One

Everything starts with a simple phone call or website form enquiry. Our patient co-ordinators are on hand to give you all the information you need and then arrange a free consultation for you with one of the Plastic Surgeons. This stage enables you to find out the facts such as likely costs, what the surgery fees include, available dates for surgery, what aftercare is included etc.

2. Step Two

This is your consultation with the Plastic Surgeon. This is where you find out exactly what can be achieved for you. Here you will discuss implant types, sizes, your hopes and fears for the surgery. You also get to ask questions directly to the Plastic Surgeon and of course he will carry out an examination. At this stage you may also book your surgery or confirm a pre booked date. At this stage any pre operative checks will also be done, and any pre op tests needed will be arranged for you.

3. Step Three

This will be the day of your procedure. You will go to the hospital at the admission time and meet your Plastic Surgeon once again , together with his medical team. The Anaesthetist will come to see you before the procedure and discuss the anaesthetic with you. Then the nursing will take care of your right through the day to ensure a pleasant and smooth experience.

4. Step Four

This is the period of your aftercare. Your Plastic Surgeon will see you for follow up in the hospital and on video to ensure a smooth recovery. You will also have access to our patient care support team whenever you have any general questions. We want you to be totally supported after your surgery and pride ourselves in the aftercare and support we provide our patients.

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    Who performs the tummy tuck operation?

    This surgery is performed by our Plastic Surgeon, Dr Ivo Gwanmesia

    Is a tummy tuck painful?

    You will feel sore after the surgery, and you should expect some discomfort. Of course, you will be provided with pain relief medication to help you through the initial post operative period.

    Do I need time off work after a tummy tuck?

    Yes. You should take around one to two weeks off depending on the type of tummy tuck performed and the type of work that you do.

    When can I go back to the gym after a tummy tuck?

    It will be several weeks before you can return to the gym. Do not do too much too soon as this could delay your recovery.

    Will a tummy tuck remove excess fat?

    Yes. Excess fat is removed together with the loose skin. The fat is removed with a liposuction procedure.

    What are the risks with a tummy tuck?

    Risks with a tummy tuck include, bleeding, infection, skin necrosis, poor cosmetic outcome. Your Plastic Surgeon will go through the risks with you at your consultation.

    Can I finance a tummy tuck?

    Yes, finance is available with no deposit and up to five years to pay. Ask us about finance at your consultation.

    Are tummy tuck consultations free?

    Yes, all consultations with our Plastic Surgeons are free of charge and without any obligation

    How long should I avoid heavy lifting after a tummy tuck?

    You should not lift anything heavy or do any strenuous exercise for six weeks after the surgery

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