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We offer the mini tummy tuck procedure at The Edinburgh Clinic.
This is a slightly different procedure to a full tummy tuck as described below. In a mini tummy tuck, muscles are tightened and excess skin is removed from below the naval only. The incision in the lower abdomen will still be created but the belly button will not need repositioning in these situations.
This procedure is suitable for patients that only want excess skin removed from below the belly button. Your consultant will give you all the advice and information you need to ensure you choose the procedure that works best for your body.
All tummy tuck operations should only be considered if you have reached your target weight and are not recommended as a weight loss procedure.
Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a form of cosmetic surgery that can help tighten up sagging tummies caused by a range of factors such as ageing, weight loss and pregnancy. This can help firm up and flatten your tummy, providing a more streamlined look.
You may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck if you are happy with your current weight but are looking to remove excess skin and tighten up your stomach. Tummy tucks are suitable as an option for losing weight even though they can remove some excess fat.
Our experienced medical team will discuss your individual situation with you in depth to ensure that a tummy tuck is the most appropriate option for your body.
How is a tummy tuck procedure performed?
Firstly, a general anaesthetic will be administered so you will be asleep throughout the procedure. An incision will be made across your lower abdomen to enable the surgeon to remove excess skin and fat and tighten up the abdominal muscles. In the case of a full tummy tuck, the incision will encircle the belly button to allow it to be repositioned.
Your surgeon will suture the incision and you should expect to spend at least one night in the hospital afterwards.
How much time does it take to recover?
As with any surgical procedure, there will be some tenderness and swelling at the incision site. Most people find they need to take up to a couple of weeks off work to give their body a chance to heal. You will be prescribed medication and given advice on how best to minimise any discomfort during this time.
It is important to avoid any strenuous physical activity during the first few weeks and you will need to wear a compression garment, supplied by the hospital.
Will there be a lot of scarring?
Due to the fact that an incision needs to be made for a tummy tuck procedure, there will be a scar left behind. However, the surgeon will endeavour to position this under the bikini line so that it will not be visible. Over time, the pink scar will fade to your natural skin colour.