Many of us in Nottingham have an area of the body that we’re not happy with and there is a wide range of surgical procedures aimed at reshaping the body.

Trunk Contouring, the Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

For anyone with an excess of skin on their tummy or an overhanging tummy, the idea of surgery can be very appealing. Much of the popular media, both magazines and TV shows, will show quick decisions, without any shadow of doubt and delighted patients coming out of the operating theatre talking about how easy it all was.

Always remember that no cosmetic surgery comes without risk. The magazines and TV shows do not have time or space to display the discussion and planning that takes place before these procedures. Remember that, in some cases, liposuction may be the best option, in others, an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) would be better and sometimes, the best thing to do is nothing. Beware of any surgeon or agent who takes one look at you and says, “You need a tummy tuck.”

Liposuction

In this operation, fat is removed from a deep layer of tissue, just above the underlying muscles. In order to do this safely, I inject fluid into this tissue before the liposuction. This fluid contains local anaesthetic, which helps relieve post-operative pain, and adrenaline, to reduce bleeding in the tissues. The procedure can sometimes be done with local anaesthetic alone, with the patient awake. In most cases though, a general anaesthetic will be needed.

After liposuction, the skin in the treated area will be soft and floppy. This will tighten over six to twelve weeks and during this time, most people will benefit from using a pressure garment to compress the area.

Abdominoplasty – the Tummy Tuck

This operation is done under general anaesthetic and will possibly require a stay in hospital of two or three days. It involves the removal of all of the skin and fatty tissue layer below the belly button. The skin from the upper abdomen is brought down to the level of the hips and pubic area, within the “bikini line”. The belly button is placed in this skin at its normal position.

After surgery, you will have two plastic drains, which are removed after about two days, usually. You will also have a tight compression garment. This helps reduce any bleeding in the deep tissues and swelling that may occur from fluid in the tissues. It needs to be worn, night and day, for six weeks.

Thigh Lift

This procedure removes loose skin and excess fat from the thighs and is particularly good for patients who have undergone massive weight loss and find that the skin has been stretched and won’t snap back.

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

A surgical solution to the dreaded ‘bingo wings’, an arm lift removes excess fat and skin from the upper arms to produce a tighter and smoother look.

Labiaplasty

Usually aimed at reducing the shape and/or size of the labia, this procedure is growing in popularity. It can be done for purely aesthetic reasons, although some women find that overly large labia can cause pain and irritation.

Fat Transfer and Grafting

This is the process of taking fat from an area of the body where it is unwanted – such as the stomach, buttocks or thighs – and re-injecting it in other areas such as the breasts, hands and face. It can also be used to improve the appearance of scars on the face or body.

Please ensure you book a consultation with a fully accredited Consultant Plastic Surgeon.

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