Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure aimed at addressing issues caused by weight fluctuations, genetics, or post-pregnancy, which can result in loosening of abdominal tissues and the appearance of a bulge or “pooching” in the abdomen. This procedure not only involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the belly but also includes a muscle repair to fix the separation of the abdominal muscles, often referred to as the “six-pack” muscles. Dr. Veerle Rotsaert, an experienced and detail-oriented plastic surgeon based in London, focuses on tightening the muscular substructure of the abdomen, creating a narrower and more feminine waistline. The incision for the procedure is carefully placed below the panty line, ensuring it remains concealed and, when applicable, can be planned to align with any existing C-section scars.
Both men and women can benefit from abdominoplasty surgery, as it not only addresses aesthetic concerns but can also alleviate physical discomfort caused by loose abdominal skin. However, it is important to note that abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss. Patients should aim to achieve a stable and sustainable weight before considering this procedure.
An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck typically involves three key stages:
Tightening Loose Muscles: Dr. Rotsaert begins the procedure by tightening the loose abdominal muscles, which can result in a reduction of up to 10cm in stomach size, leading to a tighter and more youthful appearance.
Removal of Excess Skin and Belly Button Repositioning: Excess skin is carefully removed, and the belly button is repositioned to achieve a more natural and aesthetically pleasing outcome.
Additional Liposuction: To further enhance the results, Dr. Rotsaert may incorporate some targeted liposuction on the stomach to address stubborn areas of fat, ensuring optimal results.
Pre-procedure Preparation: If you’re considering a tummy tuck with Dr Veerle Rotsaert, it’s important to schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns and goals. During this consultation, Dr V will evaluate your abdominal area, assess the extent of excess skin and fat, and understand your desired outcome. She will explain the tummy tuck procedure in detail, including the techniques involved and the expected results. Dr Veerle Rotsaert will provide guidance on pre-procedure preparations, which may include certain medical tests and adjustments to medications, to ensure a safe and successful surgery.
Risks and Potential Complications: Tummy tuck, like any surgical procedure, carries certain risks. Dr Veerle Rotsaert believes in providing her patients with transparent and accurate information. During your consultation, she will explain the potential risks and complications associated with tummy tuck, such as infection, bleeding, scarring, or changes in sensation. However, with her expertise and meticulous surgical techniques, Dr V aims to minimise these risks and ensure a safe and successful procedure.
Pre-procedure Instructions: Dr Veerle Rotsaert will provide you with detailed pre-procedure instructions to follow before your tummy tuck. These instructions may include guidelines on medication management, dietary restrictions, and lifestyle modifications to optimise your safety and surgical outcome. It’s crucial to follow these instructions carefully and address any questions or concerns you may have with Dr V’s team to ensure a smooth and successful procedure.
Preparing for Recovery: Proper preparation for the recovery period is essential for a successful tummy tuck. Dr Veerle Rotsaert will provide you with personalised guidance on how to prepare for your recovery, including arranging for assistance with daily activities, ensuring you have comfortable post-operative garments, and understanding the healing process. Dr V will provide you with detailed instructions on post-operative care, including guidelines for managing swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Throughout your recovery, Dr Veerle Rotsaert and her team will be there to support you and monitor your progress.
Questions to Ask: When considering a tummy tuck, it’s important to have all your questions addressed. Here are some key questions to ask Dr Veerle Rotsaert during your consultation:
Abdominoplasty surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. This ensures that you remain comfortable and completely asleep throughout the procedure.
The duration of an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedure can vary depending on the individual case and the extent of the surgery required. On average, the procedure can take anywhere from two to five hours. Dr. Rotsaert prioritises attention to detail and devotes the necessary time to achieve the best possible results for each patient.
Following your abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery, you can expect a flatter and more toned abdominal appearance. However, it is important to note that the final results may take time to fully manifest as your body heals and adjusts. Dr. Veerle Rotsaert provides comprehensive aftercare, ensuring that you receive the support and guidance necessary throughout your recovery journey. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress and address any concerns you may have.
The recovery period following an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedure varies for each patient. Generally, it is recommended to take at least two to four weeks off work to allow for proper healing and rest. During this time, it is important to avoid strenuous activities and follow Dr. Rotsaert’s post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. Engaging in light activities and gradually increasing your level of physical exertion as advised by Dr. Rotsaert will help you return to your normal routine safely.
It is important to understand that some scarring is inevitable after an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. However, Dr. Veerle Rotsaert takes great care to minimize scarring and places the incisions strategically, often concealing them below the panty line. When applicable, she may incorporate existing C-section scars into the incision plan. Over time, the scars will fade and become less noticeable, and Dr. Rotsaert provides guidance on scar care to optimise the healing process.
“I believe that abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, can be a life-changing procedure for individuals struggling with the appearance of their abdomen. I’m passionate about helping my patients achieve their desired results and restoring their confidence. I approache each case with a warm and personal touch, taking the time to understand my patients’ needs and tailor the procedure to their unique circumstances.”
The recovery period after an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck can vary depending on individual factors. Generally, it takes several weeks to fully recover and return to normal activities. However, it is important to follow Dr. Veerle Rotsaert's post-operative instructions and attend scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure a smooth recovery process.
Dr. Veerle is known for her meticulous approach and personalised treatment plans. She understands that each patient is unique, and takes the time to listen to their concerns and goals. With a deep understanding of the latest advancements in plastic surgery, Dr. Veerle utilises innovative techniques to achieve natural-looking and harmonious results.
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