A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a common cosmetic procedure. Factors such as multiple pregnancies, weight gain and loss, and genetics, can contribute to the development of loose skin, fat deposits, and stretch marks in the abdominal region. These changes may persist despite proper diet and exercise.

The surgery removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen, and tightens abdominal muscles where they have separated in the midline. Often some liposuction is done to improve the contours of the upper abdomen and waist. Other areas in the back and hips can be treated at the same time for a more effective overall result.

The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, and takes 2-4 hours. An overnight stay is required. There will be swelling and bruising, and medication for pain relief will be required for several days. You will be able to return to work after 2 weeks. The scar will take 9-12 months to mature (become soft and pale).

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