Tummy tuck Q&A

10 November 2017

Q: Who can benefit from a tummy tuck?

A: Anyone who has excess abdominal skin and fat may be a candidate. With women the problem is usually caused by pregnancy, but is greatly aggravated by weight loss. The muscles of the abdominal wall may be weakened by pregnancy and actually pulled apart in the middle. Patients that are unable to tighten the abdominal wall skin with exercise, or wish to achieve a smoother flatter abdomen will also benefit.

Q: Can stretch marks be removed?

A:Stretch marks are simply the scars which are left after extreme stretching of the skin. They are usually most apparent on the lower part of the abdominal wall. There is no specific treatment for these stretch marks, but many of them are removed in a tummy tuck, and those that are left are tightened making them look less obvious.

Q: How is a tummy tuck performed?

A:The excess skin and fat of the abdominal wall between the pubic area and the umbilicus (navel) is removed, leaving the umbilicus in place. The skin of the abdominal wall at the level of the umbilicus is then brought down and stitched at the pubic level. The patient is left with a long, usually curved scar across the lower part of the abdominal wall at the level of the pubic hair. There is also a scar around the umbilicus.

Q: Will the improvement last?

A: Usually the effects are permanent. The shape can change with changes in weight or pregnancy. It is extremely rare to have to repeat the operation.

Q: How can I find out more information about tummy tuck surgery?

A: Further information is available on the British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons Website www.baaps.org.uk. You can also book in for a free ‘mini consultation' with Mr Alastair Platt at the Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital. This appointment gives you the opportunity to meet your surgeon and discuss the procedure.

Q: How can I make an appointment to see Mr Platt?

A: Appointments with Mr Platt can be made by calling Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital, Anlaby on 01482 672 412.


Please note mini consultations are an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about cosmetic surgery and are not a formal out-patient consultation. If you wish to proceed with surgery, a full out-patient consultation will be required.


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