I HEAR IT EVERY DAY: "NO MATTER HOW HARD I EXERCISE, I CAN'T SHIFT THIS TUMMY"

A tummy tuck is all about quality of life, self worth, self-esteem and enjoying the things youused to enjoy. If you have been considering a tummy tuck - also known as an abdominoplasty - you have doubtless struggled with trying to reshape your abdominal area with repetitive exercises, but to no avail.

When you are considering surgery to correct this kind of problem, you may need to decide between whether you need a tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck - this is where Mr Banwell comes in, and he would be happy to see you for a consultation, where the difference between the two will be explained to you. Mr Banwell will discuss your personal situation and give you tips on having a tuck.

WHICH TUMMY TUCK IS FOR ME?

In order to make an informed decision, Mr Banwell will have to examine you and consult with you regarding your wishes and your expectations. Abdominal contouring can take a number of forms and each procedure is designed to address the specific needs of each patient.

There are three issues that a successful tummy tuck must address: skin, fat and muscle. There are a number of procedures performed by Mr Banwell that can be used as part of a tummy tuck, including:

  • Liposuction will remove excess fat deposits and bring that troublesome area back in line with the rest of the body to improve contour. Remember, though, that liposuction will rely on the skin springing back into place. As such, this procedure is therefore a good option for younger patients with more elasticity in their skin. Please click here for more information on LIPOSUCTION.
  • Mini abdominoplasty is a smaller abdominoplasty, also called a mini tummy tuck, that addresses excess skin below the belly button but will not allow tightening of the muscles. It uses a smaller incision. The advantage is a shorter, less visible scar. This procedure is for usually slim patients with mild lower abdominal bulges that do not respond to exercise. It does not involve a scar around the tummy button.
  • Endoscopic abdominoplasty allows skin and muscles to be tightened. This is often done through a shorter length incision with smaller scars.
  • Full abdominoplasty involves all of the skin below the belly button being removed and the muscles tightened. It can be combined with liposuction of the abdomen to achieve the fat removal. This procedure achieves the maximum tightening of abdominal tissue. However, the scar usually runs from hip to hip.
  • Extended abdominoplasty is used if weight loss has led to excess skin extending around the hip. An extension of the abdominoplasty can be used to remove excess skin over the hip to improve body contour. The scar is slightly larger than that of a traditional abdominoplasty.

"WANT MY PRE-PREGNANCY BODY BACK"

Excess skin is a common problem after dramatic weight loss or pregnancy. Though some may argue that exercise is all you need, you know better. Skin is versatile but there are instances in which it simply won't shrink no matter what extreme fitness measures you take. Unfortunately, the only solution for stubborn excess skin is surgery.

There are many stages in life that can have a detrimental and lasting impact on the way we look and feel. Breast feeding, especially, can have a profound impact on the breasts and abdomen. The changes that occur during and shortly after pregnancy can leave excess loose skin and loss of tone that can just not be recovered through traditional exercise. That's where Mr Banwell comes in.

THE MUMMY MAKEOVER

A tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck, when combined with breast lift or breast augmentation, is a common post-pregnancy revision procedure nicknamed the 'mummy makeover'. The combined procedures addresses the loose tissue and excess skin left after pregnancy. If you struggle with loose skin and reduced muscle tone and it has eroded your self-confidence, this procedure might be right for you. In our practice, we like to combine surgical expertise and an artistic eye to provide you with the result you desire. In allof my procedures, we focus on proportion and balance. So if you're ready to learn more about mini- abdominoplasty please do book in for a consultation today and phone 0845 2600 261 or email help@paulebanwell.com.

CONSIDERING MINI-ABDOMINOPLASTY?

There are some common questions that many people who are considering mini-abdominoplasty ask, such as:

Please contact Mr Banwell's office on 01342 330302 or email help@paulebanwell.com for further information.

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At a Glance

SURGERY TIME
1 - 2 hours

HOSPITAL STAY
1 Night

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT
No

PRE ADMISSION TESTS
Possibly

SLEEPING POSITION
Sleeping on back recommended for 4 weeks.

REASONABLY MOBILE
1 day

WASHING
Shower after 1 day. Bath after 2 weeks.

DRIVING
2 weeks

EXERCISE INCLUDING GYM
6 weeks

SEXUAL ACTIVITY
Restricted activity after 4 weeks

FULL RECOVERY
4 - 6 weeks

TIME OFF WORK
2 weeks

BRAS & GARMENTS
Binder for 8 weeks

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