Why a tummy tuck can change your life
by Cosmetic Surgeon Nick Percival
The phrase ‘tummy tuck’ sounds almost frivolous, as opposed to the clinical term ‘abdominoplasty’ which sounds much more serious and inhospitable. In fact, tummy tuck surgery is becoming very common, and most people assume that tummy tucks make the tuck-ees look more supple and feel better about themselves after the excess skin is removed, and abdominal muscles are tightened.
Tummy tuck surgery (find more right here) normally takes about three hours, with a two-six-week recuperation time following the procedure. In the UK, the NHS will cover the cosmetic surgery in certain circumstances, such as dangerous obesity, or severe depression in cases of post-pregnancy women who can’t shed the excess tummy fat after the baby is born.
NHS time and real Time
The big problem for most people with taking the NHS route is time. A tummy tuck is usually not considered ‘essential’ or ‘urgent’ by the NHS regardless off how difficult psychologically and physically this may be to the patient.
So many people feel that they have no choice and cannot afford to wait many months and possibly longer for the NHS to pull their name out of a hat. These people may then decide that the only viable way to get the tummy tuck surgery completed in a reasonable timeframe is by taking action and opting for private cosmetic surgery.
Any reputable physician in the UK will suggest diet and exercise before sanctioning a tummy tuck as cosmetic surgery. Assuming you plan to pay for it yourself, the price for tummy tuck surgery in the UK varies from a low of around £2,000 for a ‘mini-tuck,’ which involves a smaller incision and less dramatic results, to £5,000 for the ‘complete package’ in one of the best hospitals.
Prospective tummy tuck recipients are strongly advised to consult with a qualified, experienced M.D. and get all the facts before going ahead with a tummy tuck as cosmetic surgery. Make sure the facility/clinic where the surgery is staffed by surgeons who have been trained at recognised institutes of cosmetic surgery, and the surgeon has verifiable credentials. It is also advisable that you consider other factors about any clinic physician you may wish to utilize.
- Are they on the GMC register?
- Have they consulted for the NHS?
- Do they have monthly audited results?
- Do they give lectures to other physicians?
- Are they authors of plastic surgery textbooks?
These are the sort of questions that separate the very best from the average. You may not mind going out for an average meal, or watching an average movie. However, when it comes to cosmetic surgical procedure you definitely do not want the average, you only want the very best like Cosmetic Surgery Partners.
Keeping in mind that a tummy tuck is probably not the answer to all your physical imperfections, you may still decide it’s what you need to look and feel better. The good news is that, in many cases, tummy tucks can do wonders for morale and truly improve the quality of life.
For example, losing a great deal of weight through dieting and change of lifestyle is a wonderful accomplishment, but that weight loss can leave you with sagging skin because it doesn’t tighten up after being stretched. A tummy tuck can remove excess skin and tighten up muscles, smoothing and strengthening your abdomen. The same is true of the stretching that takes place during pregnancy; a tummy tuck can remove stretch marks and excess fat.
For people who tend to carry most of their body fat in the belly region and just can’t seem to lose the weight with normal exercise and practical diet, tummy tucks are a viable solution.