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Pregnacy and weight loss can leave that annoying excess skin especially in the lower abdomen. This won't "tone up" regardless of the amount of exercise that is done, as situps only work on the underying muscle and not the excess skin and fatty tissue. This is where tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can help.

Abdominoplasty involves the surgical removal of skin from the lower abdomen. The resulting scar sits just above the pubic mound, extending horizontally for a variable distance that depends on the amount of skin removed, and how wide the excess tissue extends. Small residual excess at the sides may need minor revisionary surgery in the medium term.
The umbilicus (tummy button) is relocated resulting in a scar around it.
Muscle tightening of the underlying abdominal wall can be included as part of this procedure, to further improve contour and function.
More limited excision without relocation of the umbilicus may be possible where there is a smaller amount of excess. This is commonly referred to as mini-abdominoplasty.

Complications include:
  • Abnormal scarring
  • Haematoma/seroma
  • Infection
  • Healing prolems (minor/major)
  • Anaesthetic complications
  • Need for minor revisionary surgery


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