An abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” removes excess skin from the abdomen and at the same time if required, tightens the abdominal muscles creating a tighter, younger looking abdomen. Generally patients will present with muscles that have been damaged as a result of the ageing process, lack of exercise, weight loss; and for women after multiple pregnancies.
- A firmer, more toned abdominal profile
- Improved body shape and confidence
- Smoothing of stretch marks and old scars
An incision is made in the lower abdomen and the excess skin is pulled down and inward and is removed along with underlying fatty tissue. The muscles are tightened as required and the skin is then carefully re-draped and the incision closed. The incision is quite low down, on the bikini/groin area and usually goes hip to hip. Prior to a tummy tuck procedure patients must maintain a stable weight for 9 to 12 months.
What can I expect, pre treatment?
A key aspect of preparing for any surgery is that your Surgeon understands your desires and expectations. At your initial ...+
A key aspect of preparing for any surgery is that your Surgeon understands your desires and expectations. At your initial consultation, your Consultant will explain the tummy tuck procedure in great detail, discuss your expectations and what he/she can achieve for you. It is important for you to be fully informed and to have realistic expectations of the results.
Your Surgeon will also want to evaluate your current physical health and health history, ensuring you are a suitable candidate for surgery. Because this is an elective procedure, you and your Surgeon will naturally carefully discuss the benefits and risks involved, as is the case with any surgical procedure.-
What can I expect, during treatment?
An incision is made in the lower abdomen and the excess skin is pulled down and inward and is removed along with underlying ...+
An incision is made in the lower abdomen and the excess skin is pulled down and inward and is removed along with underlying fatty tissue. The muscles are tightened as required and the skin is then carefully re-draped and the incision closed. The procedure is usually performed under general anaesthesia and takes between 3-4 hours. All River Medical surgical procedures involve an overnight hospital stay to allow us to closely monitor your recovery and ensure optimum safety. After all, a hospital environment is the safest and only adequate place to deal with any potential eventualities.-
What can I expect, post treatment?
Typically you will stay overnight in hospital after your procedure. You will need someone to take you home when you are ...+
Typically you will stay overnight in hospital after your procedure. You will need someone to take you home when you are discharged by the Surgeon as you will not be able to drive. You may have bruising or swelling around the areas that were treated. Your Surgeon will tell you more about the typical recovery process and may make recommendations based on your individual case but by and large expect to take between 10-14 days off work. If your job is physical you may require more time. Everyone recovers differently but you can rest assured that we will monitor you closely to ensure the swiftest, safest and most comfortable recovery.-
Your Questions Answered
What can I expect to pay?+-
Cost should not be a deciding factor with an elective surgery. Trust, experience and aftercare are absolutely key, and River Medical is widely recognised as the industry leader in Ireland. We are also proud to say that we adhere to the strictest of ethical guidelines and believe that only highly trained medical staff should advise on cosmetic procedures - be it surgical or non-surgical.
Who will I meet at my initial consultation?+-
You will meet with one of our Consultant Plastic Surgeons who will discuss everything with you including your expectations and desires, the tummy tuck procedure, the best type of procedure, the results as well as any possible eventualities.
What is the recovery time like?+-
You will need to take 10 – 14 days off after your surgery. If your job is physical you may require more time. You may experience swelling and soreness of the abdomen after the procedure but this will be managed with the support of your Consultant Plastic Surgeon and River Medical Registered General Nurse. We encourage patients to get back to their normal life as soon as it feels comfortable for them. We feel that this really promotes and aids a speedy and successful recovery. Everyone recovers differently but you can rest assured that we will monitor you closely to ensure the swiftest, safest and most comfortable recovery.
Am I a suitable candidate?+-
Your Consultant will assess your suitability for abdominoplasty and recommend the best treatment for you at your free consultation. Generally if you have excess skin and pockets of diet and exercise resistant fat then you could well be a suitable candidate.
How should I prepare for my procedure?+-
Preparation will begin with an initial consultation with your Consultant Plastic Surgeon, followed by a meeting with one of our Registered General Nurses. Each one will go through every aspect of the surgery in great detail. Prior to surgery you will return for a further comprehensive pre-operative assessment with your River Medical Nurse. Your Consultant will be available to you right up until your surgery should you wish to see him/her again.
Where will my surgery be carried out?+-
Your surgery should ONLY be carried out in a Private General Hospital that is fully accredited. A hospital environment is the safest and only adequate place to deal with any potential eventualities.
Will there be scarring?+-
Our Consultant Plastic Surgeons use very fine specialist stitching which minimises scarring. He/she will discuss this in great detail with you at your initial consultation. He/she will also show you actual photographs of similar incision sites that he/she has carried out on other patients.
Why choose River Medical?+-
We are widely regarded as being the industry leader in Ireland, specialising in the most comprehensive range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. At River Medical, we never compromise on the level of care and attention we give each and every one of our patients, every time, and we are committed to you from procedure right through to your 24/7, lifelong aftercare.
Why do you not have before and after pictures on your website?+-
Before and after pictures on websites can be misleading as they may not be patients of the surgeon who will be carrying out your surgery. As every person has completely different expectations and different treatment requirements, it is a much more valuable tool for your Consultant Plastic Surgeon to show you pictures of surgeries that he/she has carried out and discuss similar cases to your own, as well as the results that he/she can achieve for you and your body..
Is there a non-surgical alternative?+-
At River Medical, we will always endeavour to provide patients with the best possible solution. With this in mind if there is a non-surgical alternative, this will be discussed with you by your Consultant Plastic Surgeon. There is a non-surgical and non-invasive fat removal treatment called Coolsculpt and skin tightening treatment called Thermage which can be discussed as an alternative to a tummy tuck should you be deemed a suitable candidate.
Safest, most experience & trusted of hands
After raising three beautiful children I felt it was finally time to do something for myself. I had thought about getting a tummy tuck for years but with crèche and school fees, it just wasn’t possible. After finally meeting Mr Chatzis I felt comfortable and reassured. I am delighted with the results and the aftercare at River Medical has been excellent. I felt safe, and secure every step of the way.- River Medical patient on tummy tuck surgery