THE SCALPEL ROUTE

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FOR A WOB­BLY TUMMY – ABDOMINOPLASTY Where: How:

Stom­ach. Most women never re­gain a flat stom­ach af­ter preg­nancy and are stuck with a pouch of loose skin re­sis­tant to diet and ex­er­cise. There are var­i­ous meth­ods avail­able, but the new ‘mi­cro-tuck’ fo­cuses on the lower tummy, and is less trau­matic than a full-on tummy tuck and has a much faster re­cov­ery rate. The in­ci­sion is very short and best for women who are in good shape but have a small amount of ex­cess skin. You will need down­time of at least two to three weeks for re­cov­ery. From £6,500.

BANISH BINGO WINGS – BRACHIOPLASTY Where: How:

Up­per arms. When there is a sig­nif­i­cant amount of loose skin then an arm lift – called brachioplasty – is the only an­swer, but this is ma­jor surgery, which re­quires the pa­tient to have a gen­eral anaes­thetic, and leaves sig­nif­i­cant scar­ring. The sur­geon will re­move ex­cess skin and tis­sue through an in­ci­sion that ex­tends from the el­bow to the armpit, resulting in a vis­i­ble scar that stays pink for about a year. Down­time is up to one month. Prices start at £5,500.

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