Thinking of having a tummy tuck but still not quite sure? Ohmymag has everything you need to know about this kind of stomach surgery.
Everything You Need To Know About Tummy Tucks
1. Cost: The total cost of a tummy tuck varies from £4500 to £6500 depending on various factors such as the choice of surgeon and the level of surgery that is required. This fee includes the fees of the surgeon as well as those of the anesthesiologist and the hospitalization. There may be further costs for the follow-up consultations. Tummy tucks are regarded as cosmetic surgery and are therefore generally not eligible to be funded by the NHS.
2. Pain: Abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin, and corrects muscle sagging. It can be performed in conjunction with liposuction to tighten the skin of the belly. Hospitalization lasts between 48 and 72 hours and the operation lasts between 2 and 3 hours. The tummy tuck is not an extremely painful surgery, but it can be uncomfortable, especially because it requires you to stay in a semi-recumbent position for several days to avoid pulling on the skin of the belly and on the scar. You'll need to wear a corset for 3-4 weeks and take pain treatment by tablets or injections.
3. Result: The results of a tummy tuck are visible immediately after the procedure, although it will be covered by bandages at first. Over the weeks, you can enjoy your new figure, although you may still experience some swelling. The swelling disappears after 2 to 3 months, and you'll be able to wear smaller sizes than you did before the tummy tuck. The result is definitive after one year: the skin will be completely firm, and the scar should no longer cause any problems although some small numbness is still possible.
4. Side effects and risks: As with any kind of surgery, tummy tucks do carry a risk of side effects. Possible side effects following this surgery include haematoma, numbness or pain in the tummy or leg and infection of the scar. Your surgeon will talk through all the risks with you and explain how they would be treated if you experience them.