A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the underlying muscle. It is ideally suited to people who have overhanging, loose skin as well as excess fat.
Ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery are those who have excess skin and fat around the abdomen.
Pregnancy, rapid weight loss and yo-yo dieting can all cause the skin around the stomach area to become baggy and loose, making it look flabby and fat even if you are not overweight.
As such, a tummy tuck can be a successful way of removing this excess skin to slim the stomach.
During Surgery - During a tummy tuck operation, a large incision is made across the lower abdomen from hipbone to hipbone and a second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. The skin is then separated from the abdominal wall all the way up to the ribcage to reveal the abdominal muscles.
During treatment, the stomach muscles are pulled, tightened and stitched into position to provide a
firmer abdominal wall which provides the foundation for a slimmer waistline. Fatty deposits may be removed, then the skin is then stretched down and the excess skin is snipped off before the tightened skin is stitched into place. Firm elastic bandages are applied post-tummy tuck to support the area. An abdominoplasty usually takes 2-5 hours, depending on the extent of work required, and whether any combined procedures such as liposuction are involved.
Benefits - A tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin from around the abdomen to leave the stomach slimmer. It is important to follow a careful diet and exercise program after tummy tuck surgery to maintain the results.
Almost everyone has areas of fat on their body they just can’t seem to shift. Whether it is your thighs, your love handles or your tummy that is causing your confidence to crash, liposuction (also known as lipoplasty, liposculpture, or lipectomy) can help.
Liposuction is designed to contour and improve the shape of your body and is best suited to people who are a healthy weight but have stubborn areas of fat they can’t get rid of with diet and exercise alone.
Traditional surgical liposuction is done under general anesthetics, however there are now new forms of liposuction, such as liposculpture, which can be done under local anesthetics and involve less down time.
Am I a Candidate? The ideal candidate for a liposuction procedure is someone of average weight with firm, elastic skin who has pockets of fat in specific areas that they would like removed.
During Surgery - During a liposuction procedure, small 5mm incisions will be made around the treatment area, and a hollow suction tube (also known as a cannula) is inserted and moved around under the skin to break up the unwanted fat. The fat is removed either manually with a large syringe,
or with the use of a vacuum pump. The overlying skin remains attached to the connective tissue and underlying muscles of the skin during the operation and a thin blanket of fat is left under the skin to help prevent dimpling or bumpy skin after the liposuction procedure. Learn more about the liposuction procedure.
Benefits - Liposuction is a surgical is a method for removing areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to a healthy diet and regular exercise. Fat can be removed from the back, chest, stomach, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, underneath the chin and the neck with the aim of reshaping and slimming that specific area. However, liposuction cannot prevent you gaining weight and it is also not a treatment for cellulite. Learn more about liposuction results here.
A thigh lift or thigh reduction is a cosmetic surgery procedure done to tighten sagging muscles and remove excess skin in the thigh area. Many women are concerned about the size and shape of their thighs. Thigh reduction surgery can greatly improve the body contour and give you a renewed sense of confidence. Thigh lift cosmetic surgery can be performed in conjunction with other procedures such as liposuction, lower body lift and a thigh and buttock lift.
Am I a Candidate? A thigh lift or ‘thighplasty’ is part of a cosmetic surgery procedure called body contouring. It is designed to remove large amounts of skin and fat from the hips and thighs, so ideal candidates for thigh lift surgery are those who are a classic ‘pear shape’ and carry most of their excess weight on their lower body.
The thigh lift procedure will usually take around 2-3 hours, depending on the extent of work required, and whether any combined procedures such as liposuction are involved.
Benefits - A thigh lift cosmetic surgery procedure is designed to remove excess loose and sagging skin to reshape the thighs. The operation is designed to tighten the skin and deep tissue, so is often combined with liposuction to simultaneously remove any excess fat.
Fat transfer, also known as fat injections or fat grafting, involves taking fat from one part of your body and injecting it into the face to boost volume and smooth wrinkles. This increasingly popular cosmetic surgery procedure involves taking fat from one area of the body (usually the stomach or thighs) and injecting it into ‘sunken’ or wrinkles areas of the face to add fullness to the injected area, in much the same way as dermal fillers.
Am I a Candidate? Suitable candidates for a fat transfer procedure are those who wish to plump out the skin. Fat can be used to fill out the lips, chin, hollows underneath the eyes and acne scars, as well as helping to correct defects caused by surgery and injuries. Fat transfer is also becoming popular for plumping out skin on the backs of the hands, buttocks and breasts.
During Surgery The first stage of a fat transfer treatment involves collecting the fat from the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs. Small 5mm incisions are made around the area to be treated. The fat is removed but the surface layer of skin remains attached to the tissue and underlying muscles. The collected fat is then prepared before reinjection into the new area. For small areas of fat transfer to the face, tiny needles are used to distribute the fat carefully and evenly in the layer of the skin just under the surface. The whole procedure may only take an hour or so if small amounts of fat are collected and transferred.
Benefits - A fat transfer procedure reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, plumping out skin to restore lost volume. A further benefit to a fat transfer procedure is that it uses your own fat so it is compatible with your body and will not cause allergic reactions.
A buttock lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to improve the shape and appearance of the bum. As we age, skin loses its elasticity and gravity takes its toll, meaning that the bum can lose its youthful firmness. Your bottom can be made to look more aesthetically pleasing using a number of methods including liposuction, injectable body contouring using fillers such as Macrolane™, fat transfer or buttock implants. New methods are constantly being developed to lift or improve the bum, so it is important to have a detailed consultation with a cosmetic surgeon to investigate your options before embarking on buttock lift surgery.
Am I a Candidate? If age and gravity have caused your buttocks to sag, or if you were simply born with a flat or shapeless bottom, then you may be an ideal candidate for a butt lift or buttock implants. A buttock lift will lift, shape and firm the buttocks to boost volume and give you a nice youthful contour.
During Surgery - During a buttock lift procedure, the cosmetic surgeon will make incisions across the upper buttock. Half-moon shaped segments of skin and fat from underneath the surface of the skin are removed from the buttock area, then the remaining skin and tissue are lifted to achieve a tighter and smoother effect. A buttock lift operation is designed to improve the appearance of loose or sagging skin around the buttocks, so it is often combined with liposuction in order to remove any excess fat for a complete reshaping of the bottom. After a buttock augmentation, firm elastic bandages are applied to support the area. A buttock lift usually takes several hours, depending on the extent of work required, and whether any other procedures such as liposuction are required.