In today’s health-conscious world, more people are taking charge of their diet and exercise regime. People want to lose the extra baggage, get fit and change the way they feel about themselves by adopting a more positive mind-set.
For those people who lose a lot of weight though, this can lead to the problem of large amounts of saggy, excess skin. It can be very painful, upsetting and give people who have worked so hard for the body of their dreams low self-esteem.
There is a procedure that can help though: the abdominoplasty.
What is an abdominoplasty?
An abdominoplasty, or ‘tummy tuck’, is an operation that rejuvenate the skin around the stomach and abdomen. It removes excess skin and fat, contours the body and gives back confidence to the patient.
There are certain requirements you must meet to be eligible for the surgery, as it’s mainly performed on those of a normal, stable body weight who have developed excess skin or fat. For example, it could be through pregnancy, weight loss, aging, genetic or due to prior surgery.
This is certainly not a surgery to be taken lightly, though. There is a misconception within the industry that these will be given to people who just want to improve their contour after being encouraged by friends and family, or for those with unrealistic body expectations, which is not the case. You can also not apply if you smoke or have a significant medical history.
A lot of people contemplating an abdominoplasty often think that it will be very expensive, but truthfully the financial implication will be entirely dependent on your case. The cost usually includes the price of the surgeon, hospital care and the anaesthetic fee, although some clinics have specific packages.
How do I know the right surgeon to go for?
This is a tough field with a lot of competition, as plastic surgery has become one of the most sought after services in the medical industry. Plus, given how serious the surgery is, many people delay it out of fear of something going wrong or of picking a fraudster.
For these reasons, it can be difficult to know who to trust, and you need to know that whoever you pick will perform your surgery to the highest standard. The best thing to do is to base your decision on research into the field. Always make sure that you ask for references of previous patients and before/after photos to see the quality of their work.
The great thing about searching online is that practitioners will often post case studies online, so that potential patients can see how transparent they are. For example, people in search of an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery) in Manchester would come across Gary Ross and find tonnes of case studies already on his website. This is a great place to start, and will help to build that initial trust with you even before your first consultation.
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