The Rise of the Tummy Tuck for Excess Skin Removal
In recent years, tummy tuck surgery has seen a steady increase in enquiries, as patients seek a long term solution for excess skin removal around the abdomen. Abdominoplasty is a broad term including a variety of body rejuvenation surgery procedures designed to improve the appearance of the mid section.
Why is the tummy tuck so popular?
Thanks to advances in the techniques used and the rise of social acceptance of cosmetic surgery procedures, men and women are now choosing tummy tuck surgery over non-surgical methods. This is helped in part by the realisation that many non-surgical fat removal and skin tightening procedures often have limited results.
Non invasive options such as energy assisted skin tightening and fat reduction may seem like a less costly way to fix loose skin but on the whole these treatments prove to offer very little in the long term and require multiple visits to a cosmetic clinic to maintain the results. Also, in the majority of cases, they can also only help patients with limited skin laxity and cannot replicate what tummy tuck surgery can offer.
For those reasons – not to mention the effect celebrities revealing they have sought abdominoplasty and surgery for excess skin removal can have – tummy tuck surgery in the UK has seen a rise in patients once again.
What do the experts say about excess skin removal?
Mr Gary Ross, a plastic surgeon in Manchester specialising in body rejuvenation surgery, has spoken out in the media previously about the long term benefits of choosing surgery to improve the abdomen, and offers a variety of tummy tuck procedures options to both male and female patients.
He says: “Abdominoplasty remains the most effective way to help patients with excess skin and fat, offering results that non surgical treatments such as skin tightening simply cannot match. Whilst they may be suitable for patients with very minor skin laxity, those left with folds of skin after extreme weight loss, or ‘mummy tummy’ after pregnancy will not find long term results unless they choose an abdominoplasty.
There are several different techniques to remove excess skin depending on the patient’s concerns and a full consultation is necessary in order to ascertain whether any will help. During a consultation we can decide with method is most suitable and discuss the pros, cons and risks of the tummy tuck surgery.
Realistic expectation should be a priority, and patient’s must be aware they will be left with a substantial scar; although most see this as a fair trade to be without unwanted loose skin,” he concludes.
What are the main times of abdominoplasty?
Three of the most popular approaches of this form of body rejuvenation surgery at Mr Ross’s clinic include fleur de lis abdominoplasty, mini tummy tuck, and full tummy tuck. Whilst the mini and full abdominoplasty procedures remove excess skin and fat from a horizontal incision that can usually be neatly hidden in the underwear line, the fleur de lis approach will leave a vertical scar. This form of surgery for excess skin removal, recently becoming a media headline thanks to the great results actress Lisa Riley has showcased, is usually reserved for those with a lot of skin to remove.
As well as removing skin during this type of body rejuvenation surgery, the abdominal wall muscles can be tightened and hernias removed if this is also a concern. Abdominoplasty procedures can therefore have a life changing effect on patients, with many returning post operatively to express their happiness at being given a new lease of life.
For more information about body rejuvenation surgery for excess skin removal and abdominoplasty procedures, please contact the clinic to book a consultation.