A tummy tuck is sometimes the only way to correct excessively sagging skin and loose abdominal wall that are the result of a change in weight or other genetic factors.

In most cases removing the excess skin will also improve the appearance of stretch marks.

Significant weight loss or gain damages skin elasticity, creating cellulite-type skin tone and leading to the formation of loose hanging tissue.

Considerable weight changes are usually due to:

  • Pregnancy
  • Following bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass
  • Aging – increase in fat around abdominal organs
  • Genetics – hereditary factors contribute to undesirable fat distribution
  • Yo-yo dieting or crash diets
  • Ill health (e.g. Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Medication such as steroids, HIV drugs (causing lipodystrophy), hormones etc

Abdominoplasty is not a surgical treatment for obesity. Please note that severely or morbidly obese patients are not good candidates for this procedure. For these patients bariatric surgery would probably be a better surgical option which can be followed by a tummy tuck surgery once the weight has been stabilised.

For all our potential patients we highly recommend that lifestyle modifications and other non-surgical slimming methods (e.g. medical slimming) are followed prior to any form of cosmetic surgery. For more information on pharmacological or medical slimming please visit the relevant section on our website.

Contact us today to arrange a consultation with one of our specialist doctors who will be happy to discuss tummy tuck surgery with you, as well as answer any questions you may have.


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