RHOC star shares ‘reverse tummy tuck’ photos with fans

But what exactly is a reverse tummy tuck and what does it do?

RHOC star reverse tummy tuck

by Hannah Mellin |

The ladies of The Real Housewives of Cheshire are no strangers to a nip and tuck here and there, and are pretty up front when it comes to revealing what work they've had done. We love the honesty.

Former show star Ampika Pickston recently took to Instagram to share an in depth look into her decision to go under the knife and get a 'reverse tummy tuck' procedure - and photographed EVERYTHING.

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Ampika pictured in 2017 ©Getty

Taking to Instagram to explain her decision, Ampika wrote, "So excited to be having my reversal tummy tomorrow with @pallmallcosmetics 🙌🏼. I have waited so long to have this done . I have found the support and encouragement from @pallmallcosmetics phenomenal. Best cosmetic company I have EVER COME across !!!

"Will share my journey to feeling and looking the best you possibly can . Thank you @tanyabardsley7 for sharing your journey with @pallmallcosmetics you inspired me . Please DM me or the team @pallmallcosmetics to help with any questions you have . Always wanted to have something done . Don’t waste time with surgeries that treat you as a number . Be someone’s priority. #reversetummytuck #tummytuck #yummymummytummy #feelamazing 💋🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼".

The reality star also shared snaps of herself getting ready, including a humorous snap of her massive 'sexy' paper knickers and a revealing before snap of the surgeon's vision on her skin.

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Ampika shows off the surgeon's plans ©Instagram

We're familiar with a tummy tuck, which is a cosmetic procedure that improves the shape of the tummy area. It can involve removing excess loose skin, fat and stretch marks and tightening the abdominal muscles.

We're not so familiar with a reverse one, though.

So, what is a reverse tummy tuck?

According to Pall Mall cosmetics, where Ampika chose to get hers done, a reverse tummy tuck 'does not impact the muscles and tissues of the lower abdomen'.

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Ampika in her 'big knickers' ©Instagram

They explained, "This technique is often best suited to the people who have loose excess skin in the upper abdomen.

"The technique used means patients can expect a thin horizontal scar to remain after their surgery that is well hidden within the breast crease.

'After surgery patients will notice their upper abdomen is smoother and tighter, plus their breasts are also fuller immediately following a reverse tummy tuck."

It is also known as a reverse abdominoplasty.

What does a reverse tummy tuck do?

A reverse tummy tuck focuses on removing excess, loose, skin above the belly button. You'll be able to see the final results six months after having the procedure if all aftercare is followed.

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Does a reverse tummy tuck leave a scar?

Yes. However, in a reverse tummy tuck, the upper abdominal skin is pulled upward without needing to make an incision around the belly button.

How much does a reverse tummy tuck cost?

According to the NHS website, it costs about £4,500 to £6,000 to have an abdominoplasty in the UK, plus the cost of any consultations or follow-up care.

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