How do I plan my tummy tuck surgery?
Initially your botonics surgeon will evaluate your health and assess both your abdominal fat deposits and your skin tone. Tell your surgeon if you smoke, and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
Discuss your expectations frankly and he, in turn, will describe your alternatives and the risks and limitations of each. If, for example, the fat is all below the navel, a partial abdominoplasty or mini-tummy tuck may be enough. This can often be performed on an outpatient basis.
You may, on the other hand, benefit more from partial or complete abdominoplasty done in conjunction with liposuction to remove fat deposits from the hips, for a better body shape. Sometimes liposuction alone will create the best result. Your botonics surgeon will work with you to come as close as possible to achieving your desired body contour. He will also cover anaesthesia, the location for your surgery, the recovery schedule and the costs.
You will be given specific instructions on preparing for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins, and medications. If you smoke stop at least two weeks before your surgery and do not to resume for at least two weeks afterwards. Avoid overexposure to the sun before surgery, especially to your abdomen, and do not diet excessively. Both can inhibit your ability to heal. If you develop a cold or infection of any kind, your surgery will probably be postponed. Whether your surgery is done on an outpatient or inpatient basis, arrange for someone to drive you home afterwards, and be available to help you out for a day or two if needed.
Our surgeons perform tummy tucks in an operating theatre in one of the London’s prestigious private hospitals. The surgery takes from one to three hours depending on the procedure chosen. Most clients remain in the hospital overnight; some are able to go home on the day of the surgery.