Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
How much Does Full abdominoplasty cost? From €2500-2900
What are the different types of abdominoplasty?
A full abdominoplasty is recommended to patients with excess skin or fat around the lower abdomen. As this is a complex surgery, a general anaesthetic is administered to keep the patient still and as comfortable as possible.
The procedure requires a horizontal incision in the area between the navel and the pubic hairline. The length and shape of this incision very much depend on the nature of the problem. The abdominal skin is lifted, and work begins on strengthening the weakened abdominal muscles.
A second incision is then made – if the surgeon deems it necessary – to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen, and to re-site the navel. In crude terms, the surgeon pulls the skin on the upper abdomen down like a roller blind. This brings together the two halves of the abdomen.
Excess skin is taken away before both areas are stitched together, leaving the new abdominal surface flatter and tighter. At this stage, a new opening is fashioned for the belly button before being ‘stitched’ into place.
Sutures, special adhesives, clips, and tapes are used to close the large incisions created during the procedure.
Where a patient requires only a small amount of fat and skin to be removed, the surgeon is likely to recommend a miniature abdominoplasty. This is a shorter procedure that doesn’t leave as much scarring. However, in most cases, patients are still given a general anaesthetic.
A miniature abdominoplasty involves the excision of a section of skin and fat from the lower abdomen. This version of the procedure leaves no scar around the umbilicus, but it does sometimes involve tightening of the abdominal muscles.
An extended abdominoplasty involves a more comprehensive removal of fat and skin. Rather than limiting the procedure to the abdomen, the surgeon removes skin and fat from the sides of the patient. The procedure often involves tightening of the muscles and skin just above the hips — usually to remove “love handles”.
The excision required for an extended abdominoplasty runs the entire length of the abdomen and reaches as far as the back of the hips. In some cases, liposuction will be used to improve the contours of the abdomen and hips.
Belt lipectomy (circumferential abdominoplasty)
A belt lipectomy — sometimes referred to as a truncal body lift — involves the removal of excess fat and skin around the entire “belt line” of the patient. As well as tightening the area and adding definition, this abdominoplasty procedure removes loose skin around the buttocks too. Depending on the wishes of the patient, the fat taken from this area is used to augment the buttocks — lifting them and adding shape.
This surgery requires the patient to be lying belly down in the prone position at first. Once surgery on the lower back and buttocks is complete, the patient is turned around so the abdominoplasty can begin.
What should I expect after abdominoplasty surgery?
The patient must rest and remain as still as possible for 48 hours after their abdominoplasty surgery. A special type of medical corset is fitted to the patient’s abdomen to protect the stitches and encourage the skin to heal. There is usually significant swelling at first, but this subsides relatively quickly.
Most patients are allowed to return home after 48 hours in the hospital with no complications. However, remaining reasonably still and relaxed is still important. Doctors usually advise patients to keep their knees bent when lying down — at least until the stitches have been removed after around two weeks. At this stage, most patients will attend an outpatient appointment to have their wound checked.
People considering an abdominoplasty need to be prepared to take a significant amount of time off work. The average recovery time is six weeks, but it can be longer than that if complications occur.
Due to the complexity of the surgery, there may be a need to stay abroad for up to 2 weeks but don’t worry – we can always come along with you to support you in your recovery.
Abdominoplasty is surgery, so it carries a degree of risk. However, as long as you choose a reputable, fully licensed surgical team, the chances of a successful abdominoplasty are very high.