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More commonly known as a 'Tummy tuck', Abdominoplasties are surgical procedures for the tightening of the abdominal wall. This could be to rid sagging skin left behind after pregnancy, waistband overhang or a stubborn pocket of fat that exercise just cannot seem to target. It is not a treatment for weight control or weight loss, but will endeavour to neaten and tauten the tummy area as well as reengage the stomach muscles.
The remarkable difference a Harley Street Skin Clinic treatment can provide
You may be tired of swamping yourself in oversized, frumpy clothing or consciously tugging at your T-shirts. Perhaps excess skin makes you uncomfortable, gets in the way or causes you pain; Abdominoplasties help thousands of men and women reclaim their bodies, and their peace of mind. Just look at some of these fantastic results...
Our bodies are astonishing healers, however, during the ageing process, our skin's natural elasticity begins to wane. Following big bodily changes such as pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss or excessive sun damage; our bodies can struggle to retain their youthful firmness. Exercise, unfortunately, can only do so much.
Tummy tucks will do away with bikini season anxiety once and for all. If you are feeling stomach-shy thinking about an upcoming holiday, perhaps dreading the warmer months when summer ensembles leave you feeling exposed or find that uncomfortable bulging is impacting your day-to-day, it could be time to do something about it.
Aside from filling you with an astonishing burst of confidence, Tummy tucks will also firm the previously lax abdominal area, improve general shape and profile, conceal or cut away any skin that has been subject to extreme stretching, stop painful skin pinching and leave you with a more youthful, tucked and tightened tummy.
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Every step of your journey with Harley Street Skin is handled with the utmost care and diligence. From your very first consultation, right the way through to follow up and aftercare, Harley Street Skin will guide, advise and support you at every given opportunity. We want to make sure that your time with us is as special to you, as you are to us...
The answer to some of the most common questions you may have
It's only natural to have questions if you are considering pursuing a treatment for the first time, and at Harley Street Skin, it's important to us that you feel confident and comfortable at every stage of your journey. To help you find the answers you need, here are a few of the more common quibbles that we find our clients frequently ask...
Tummy tuck technique may differ, depending on how extensive the procedure. At your consultation you will discuss your problem areas with one of our excellent, GMC registered surgeons and they will guide you in choosing the best of 3 potential tummy tuck treatments: the Mini Tuck, the Standard or the Extended.
The Mini Tuck is most appropriate for skin tightening, and will involve cutting away excess fat and skin in the name of tautness. The Standard tummy tuck procedure will additionally realign the stomach muscles and tighten your core beneath the surface, repositioning the belly button in the most natural placement if necessary. Extended procedures will also look at the fatty area of the lower back - a.k.a. the love handles or flanks.
All procedures will require making a long incision along the base of the tummy, just above the pubic area, so that scarring can be disguised by the underwear.
Tummy tucks can do wonders for body confidence and self-esteem, allowing both men and women to finally feel unburdened by lifelong body hang-ups.
Tummy tucks aim to tauten stomach muscles, remove surplus skin and revert your tummy back to its former, flatter glory. They can also do away with unsightly bulging and ruching of the skin over the waistband, eliminate the dreaded 'muffin top' and reduce the appearance of stretchmarks. Similarly, they are a fantastic remedy for those struggling to rid that pesky pouch of fat from their mid which just will not budge, no matter how many crunches or sit ups they endure.
Once tummy-tucked, always tummy-tucked. An abdominoplasty is a one-off procedure, that will see lifelong results - although this will depend on your lifestyle going forward. Weight fluctuation and lack of exercise will eventually take its toll on the previously tightened flesh, and will likely compromise your results over time. If properly maintained however, tummy tucks will continue looking pristine for years and years to come.
It should however be noted that tummy tucks will not substitute regular exercise or healthy eating, and in a lot of cases, will not result in weight loss. Patients will often find that while the profile and firmness of the stomach is drastically improved, there is little to no effect on their weight.
The duration of a tummy tuck will depend on how much fat and tissue you are hoping to remove, although typically, an average treatment will last for 2-3 hours. You will have a much better idea of how long your tummy tuck should take after your initial consultation with a doctor, and a plan of action has been agreed upon.
Tummy tucks also require the use of general anaesthetic so you should expect to spend some time in hospital following your operation. This ensures that we are able to make you as comfortable as possible as you rouse from anaesthesia and during the initial stages of recovery.
The most noteworthy side effect of a tummy tuck is scarring. Although incisions are made just above the pubic area to be disguised by the underwear, tummy tuck incisions are sizeable. This is so the surgeon is able to access the abdominal muscles to strengthen them, whilst also removing surplus fat and skin. Certain more extensive Tummy Tucks also require making incisions around the belly button. Many do, however, find the scarring to be far less obvious than the stomach or skin that was initially causing the distress to begin with.
Aside from that, you may experience some numbness, soreness, bruising and for a few weeks, a slight limitation to your full range of movement.
After surgery, you will be required to spend 1 or 2 nights under observation. This enables us to make sure any initial pain is managed, and that you are as comfortable as possible. Surgeons may have also inserted tubes for draining fluid from the wound, and these will need to be removed between 24-48 hours of your operation.
It is normal to remain swollen in the surgical area for around 6 weeks following a tummy tuck, although in some cases swelling may last as long as 3 months. We would typically recommend 6 weeks of rest after your operation; during which time you will be instructed to wear a compression garment at all times.
Strenuous activity, such as core-specific exercise or heavy lifting should also be avoided for a minimum of 3 months.
You may usually return to light work duties - wearing your support garment - after 2 weeks of your Tummy Tuck. Unless your job requires heavy-lifting or is very physically demanding, you should have no problem returning to work at this point, albeit slightly sore. If your job is very strenuous physically, our doctors can advise you at your consultation on the best, most appropriate timeline for reintroducing work.
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We understand that deciding to go forward with cosmetic treatment can feel like a huge decision. One that we certainly wouldn't expect you to go ahead with without hearing a little bit about us first. Here is exactly why people around the world are happy to put their trust into Harley Street Skin Clinic.
Since 2004, Harley Street Skin has been on speed dial to some of the world's highest flyers thanks to the expertise of cosmetic tour de force, Dr. Aamer Khan and wife Lesley Reynolds.
With their flagship clinic based on the world’s most famous medical strip, Harley Street Skin quickly became a medical and cosmetic frontrunner, drumming up a pristine professional reputation and impressive roster of celebrity clientele. The clinic was in fact so thriving that it gained the attention of television network SkyOne, becoming the focus of hit documentary series Stitch Me, Lift Me, Tuck Me.
Offering an expansive range of both surgical and non-surgical treatments, Harley Street Skin are renowned worldwide for their cosmetic precision, expertise and minimally invasive techniques. From top of the line body sculpting treatments and cosmetic contouring to breast enhancement and discreet anti-ageing lifts, Harley Street experts offer the A-list experience from consultation through to aftercare.
But that's not all. Harley Street Skin are also pioneering skincare specialists, offering solutions to everything from anti-ageing and resurfacing, to colour correction and hydration.
Carefully formulating the perfect regime for even the most stubborn and unusual of skin complaints, Harley Street Skin boast an acclaimed skin care range frequently making an appearance in beauty mag must-haves, health and lifestyle columns, and celebrity handbags around the world.
With highly skilled practitioners, doctors and surgeons on hand at every turn, Harley Street Skin can help you attain the aesthetic you've been dreaming of - whatever your cosmetology needs.